According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinated Americans must realize that they may still be infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, because immunity to COVID-19 sometimes takes weeks to develop.After vaccination, people should still observe the new crown safety guidelines, such as maintaining social distance and wearing masks.
“After being vaccinated, it usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19),” the CDC points out. “This means that a person may be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 before or after the vaccine, but still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.”
In addition, the CDC stated that vaccination does not mean that people can completely ignore basic safety guidelines. On the contrary, people who have been vaccinated should still maintain social distancing, limit indoor gatherings as much as possible, and wear masks when going out in public places. The CDC is also calling on people who have been infected with COVID-19 to be vaccinated.
“At the moment,” the CDC added, “experts don’t know how long someone can be protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity that someone gets from infection is called natural immunity, and it varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests that natural immunity will not last long.”
Related to this, Dr. Fauci expressed disappointment with the current vaccine promotion, calling some frameworks “too rigid.”
Specifically, Fauci believes that the United States should vaccinate individuals outside the priority group when there are surplus vaccines. If they are not used in time, they will expire.
“If you can’t reach the first group of people, go to the second group to start the vaccination,” Fauci said. “I think if we do this, we will start vaccinating more people.”
Fauci added, “We have some people in the last group. We have seen them go out and have not taken all precautions. So if we can get them vaccinated, will it help all of us?”