Having a coronavirus vaccine doesn’t put an end to observing existing measures that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus such as wearing a face mask and social distancing until experts declare it’s safe to stop.
At the beginning of the vaccination, one is required to take two shots; Pfizer’s second dose comes three weeks after the first and Moderna’s comes after four weeks, and the effect of vaccinations generally isn’t immediate.
Though people are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot of the vaccine. But full protection may not happen until a couple of weeks after the second shot.
It’s not immediately clear whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines protect people from infection entirely, or just from the symptoms.
This also makes it unclear whether those who have received the vaccine can still get infected and transfer the virus to other people, but even if it’s possible, it would be at a much lower rate, said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine expert at the University of Washington.
And even when vaccine supplies start becoming common, getting hundreds of millions shots into people’s arms is expected to take months, Fuller also noted that vaccine testing is just starting in children, who won’t be able to get shots until study data indicates they’re safe and effective for them as well.
The face mask will continue!