True or false: I have received my COVID-19 vaccine, so I no longer need to wear my mask at all.
FALSE! Masking is still an important part of protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our community against COVID-19. We’re just not quite ready to ditch the masks altogether. Based on the advice of health experts, you should continue taking precautions not to spread the virus, even after you are fully vaccinated.
1. It’s possible you could still spread the virus. We know that all available vaccines are effective at preventing people from becoming severely ill with COVID-19. What we don’t know is if the vaccine prevents people from unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Until we know for sure, the risk isn’t worth taking chances around people who could get sick.
2. Virus variants are complicating things. Variants of the coronavirus have emerged that possibly spread more easily. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), current vaccines may protect against some variants, but could be less effective against others. Vaccine makers are studying prospective booster shots to increase vaccine effectiveness against these variants, however, more research is needed. In the meantime, masks are a good precaution.
3. You should use every tool available. Vaccines are an incredibly important way to help stop the spread of the virus. But to end the pandemic, we all need to use every tool available to protect ourselves and others. That includes ongoing mask wearing, social distancing, and good hand washing.
Even though you’ve received your COVID-19 vaccine, you should still mask up when:
Once you’re fully vaccinated, there may occasionally be an opportunity to take a quick mask break. You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
If you do decide to unmask in these situations, be sure to fully consider any and all potential risks before doing so.
Health and safety are our top priorities, so CDPHP has been tracking developments around COVID-19 to help you stay safe and well-informed. Visit COVID-19 Information and Resources to stay up-to-date with the latest information on vaccines, testing, and more.
If you’re eligible to receive a vaccine, but struggling with resources such as where to get one or how to sign up, CDPHP can help. Call the number on your member ID card to reach our member services team, and they’ll provide the assistance you need.
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