Since the start of coronavirus vaccine distribution, high-risk groups have been the priority in the US as well as in other countries. Currently, older adults over the age of sixty-five are being vaccinated after healthcare workers received vaccinations successfully in the past two months.
Over time, there are plans to slowly distribute the vaccines to other groups including those of essential workers and people with underlying medical issues. Because of this structure of the program, the older adult population will be vaccinated before younger adults.
As a result, there are likely to be problems in meeting and communicating especially between families as the older members would be vaccinated but younger would have to wait for a long time to get the vaccination.
This may create confusion regarding whether it is safe to visit parents, grandparents, and other family members who have received vaccinations. A
At the moment, the majority of the people are hopeful about the new vaccines and are assuming that they will lower transmission rates significantly. While this is true to an extent, it does not mean that getting a vaccine will instantly ensure safety.
According to medical data on previous vaccinations, the immune response from a vaccine takes place in a certain period. On average, most vaccinations for the control of different infectious diseases take over fifteen days.
With the coronavirus vaccines, including both Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations, there is also a need to wait for some time to build immunity.
During this time, it is important to be careful and take all precautions for the prevention of the infection. This is because a person may catch the virus and develop the infection in this period.
Additionally, a number of studies also show that some people can also transmit the virus to others even if they are vaccinated and did not develop the infection themselves.
Therefore, meeting relatives and friends who have been vaccinated is not safe. Even if planning a meet-up, it should be for a limited amount of time and consist of only a few people.
At all times, do not forget to wear a mask, practice good hygiene maintain distance, and avoid meeting at all if having symptoms of the infection or after being exposed to a virus.
Ideally, health agencies such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommend connecting via social media, video calling, and talking over the phone especially if it is with someone who is at a high risk of developing severe coronavirus infection.
Such methods ensure the highest level of safety and can also help in communicating effectively. On the other hand, meeting and taking preventive measures may protect from the infection but does not completely eradicate the risk of contracting the virus.
Till the time the vast majority has received both doses of the vaccination and built immunity, not following guidelines and going out or meeting a lot of people is generally not recommended.