Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
Right now, it's important to continue to follow all the precautions. Dr. Michael Gardam explains that we are getting there, but not just yet.
"Every one of us wants this to end, believe me I want this to end as well. I want us to be able to be vaccinated, take off the masks and go back to the way life was before. Right now we are still learning how well these vaccines work to prevent people from getting infected and potentially spreading to someone else. We saw just this week that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has released guidance saying that they're starting to loosen up if you've been vaccinated. They're starting to allow people to get together in groups without wearing masks if everybody else is vaccinated as well so we're getting there. Right now the guidance is basically nothing changes if you've been vaccinated. Right now you still follow all the precautions that is going to change to some degree in the future it's just going to take us a while to get there."
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