So, you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine and are wondering, “now what?” Are there COVID vaccination side effects? How long is the COVID vaccine effective? Are there COVID vaccine issues that you should be worried about?
The good news is that there really aren’t many issues and any side effects you might experience are minimal. And you’re going to be protected for a very long time.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be taking precautions. It’s confusing, we know. It’s best to have the benefits of the COVID vaccine explained to you by your doctor, but here is some information on what it means to be fully vaccinated.
You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you’ve received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You’re also considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you’re fully vaccinated, the new guidelines apply to you. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers are calling it a first step to getting back to normal. You can’t go back to how life was before the pandemic just yet.
Here’s what you need to know:
The new guidelines don’t apply to work, school or other public settings. They’re only meant for private settings.
Although it appears that COVID-19 may not spread as much among vaccinated people, more research is needed. If you’re fully vaccinated, you should still play it safe and do things like:
There’s more to learn about how effective the vaccines are against the COVID-19 variants. Researchers are also tracking whether the vaccines will keep you from spreading the virus.
But one place you’re encouraged to go is back to your doctor’s office. If you’ve been putting off a procedure or are way overdue for your annual exam, now is the time to do it.
Contact your physician and make an appointment today.