Recently, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for people who have received coronavirus vaccination in the past few weeks. Since the currently used vaccines are highly effective, people no longer need to stay in quarantine after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Although the vaccines, including Moderna and Pfizer, can significantly prevent the infection, their impact on transmission is still unclear. Therefore, the instructions for skipping the isolation period after exposure to the virus are only applicable in certain situations.
For instance, the CDC suggested people have who have received both doses of the vaccines have full protection against coronavirus.
Additionally, it should be noted that it is important to wait for some time after receiving the second dosage of a particular vaccine as well. According to the health agency, the vaccinations do not start working immediately.
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Like other vaccines for different infectious diseases, it is also important to give at least three months’ time to the coronavirus vaccine after receiving the second dosage of vaccine.
After three months have passed, a vaccinated person is unlikely to develop the infection and have symptoms after being exposed to the virus. So, it is safe to resume everyday life in such cases.
On the other hand, if a person does develop signs of the infection or is exposed to the virus before the recommended period, taking preventive measures and isolating for two weeks is fundamental.
Similarly, following guidelines for the prevention of the infection is also necessary for other people as well even if they are not at high risk of developing severe coronavirus infection.
Even though the vaccines are being distributed since the December of last year, there is a long way to go for the majority of people to get vaccinated as certain groups are prioritized due to higher chances of severe coronavirus complications.
It may even take months before young adults and people without any health conditions are able to get the vaccines. In the meantime, the CDC suggests continuing wearing a mask, avoiding public spaces, and maintaining hygienic practices.
The approval of new vaccines in the coming months may speed up the procedure to an extent. At the moment, the Jansen vaccine or the coronavirus vaccination from Johnson and Johnson is expected to get Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in some time.
Since the vaccine requires a single dosage to work, it can be stored and moved with fewer technical difficulties. Secondly, distribution is also easier with a single dose instead of double dosage vaccines.
With faster vaccine distribution and the majority sticking to following coronavirus precautions, the coronavirus pandemic can end by the summer of this year, according to infectious disease experts.
Therefore, all people, regardless of their low-risk of having coronavirus-related issues should continue to take preventive measures for the infection instead of giving in to their pandemic fatigue and going out to gatherings and other public spaces.