After the 1st phase of COVID vaccination, the 2nd phase has started and already lakhs of people over the age of 60 as well as people over 45 years or above who have comorbidities have been vaccinated.
Soon, the next phase too will start when all others too will be entitled to the vaccine. Vaccination is continuing uninterrupted and this has come as a breath of fresh air to everyone after a terrible year of pain, loss, grief, and anxiety. In this context you may be asking, will I be able to return to the old norm after getting vaccinated? Can I stop taking the precautions of COVID-19?
That is why we should discuss what you can or cannot do and the precautions after vaccination that you need to know of.
How safe will you be after getting the vaccine?
Even though most of the vaccines that are being administered across the globe have undergone multiple trials and have been found to be effective in the trial phases, we don’t yet know if these vaccines offer partial immunity or complete immunity. We don’t even know how long the vaccines will continue to be effective. There will be further studies that will find answers to these questions But for now, we can all take heart to the fact that the vaccines will help us fight off the coronavirus.
Can we do any of the following?
With that in mind, let us look at which of these activities will be permissible-
1. Can I visit my loved ones?
If all of you have been vaccinated then small gatherings can be permitted. However, you must continue taking all precautions like use of face cover or masks, hand sanitization and maintain social distancing.
But if your loved ones haven’t been vaccinated, avoid visiting them for their own good. You will not come to any harm but you could be a carrier of COVID and pass it on to your family members or friends.
2. Can I go to restaurants, movie theatres, gyms, cafes or pubs?
After vaccination, you will be safer in public places. Even so, you have to continue wearing masks, follow social distancing and avoid going to large-sized gatherings for two reasons-
- You could be a carrier which could make non-vaccinated people sick.
- Scientists aren’t sure that the vaccine’s effect lasts a lifetime & if it is effective against other variants of coronavirus.
3. Will I finally be able to go on a vacation?
After vaccination, you can go on a small local vacation when you know that more or less everyone in your state is vaccinated. Local safe travels are possible. But planning an international holiday may be unwise because new COVID strains are originating and there is a possibility that our vaccines may not be effective against those. Wait until scientists give us the ‘all clear’.
What should you do after vaccination?
Here are a few precautions of COVID-19 that all responsible citizens should follow even after vaccination-
- Continue to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded places.
- Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands.
- Encourage and help others to register for the vaccination.
It is impossible to say whether the ‘old norm’ will ever be back again. The threat of an even more dangerous virus cannot be discounted. But did you know that wearing masks and sanitization can keep you safe from most viruses? So let us all continue to maintain hygiene protocol.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.