Reminder: You Are Not ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Until 2 Weeks After Your Shot
It’s great to see so many people posting their shots of themselves getting the vaccine shot (though seriously, don’t show any personally identifiable information on your vaccination card). But people, you are not instantly immune to COVID-19 once you get the vaccine, and it takes two full weeks for the protective effects of the vaccine to kick in.
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Yday per national security policy (PPD40), Congress began getting vaccinated.
I took the jab & am here to answer your questions. Ask away! pic.twitter.com/ZyBgXi7kRl
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2020
And if you’re on the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer regimen, that’s two weeks after your second shot. “People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. “If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.“
Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial. I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work. – ALW #SaveOurStages @nivassoc pic.twitter.com/pIcYZJPLps
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) August 13, 2020
Moreover, keep that fucking on mask on! You can still spread the virus even after you’re vaccinated, according to the New York Times.
On the frontlines of this fight are nurses like Patricia who administered my vaccine yesterday. As the daughter of immigrants from Guyana, Patricia has been working tirelessly to protect and save lives.
To Patricia and all the nurses battling this pandemic—thank you. pic.twitter.com/xFmCWI3jRs
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 30, 2020
“A lot of people are thinking that once they get vaccinated, they’re not going to have to wear masks anymore,” Stanford University immunologist Michal Tal. “It’s really going to be critical for them to know if they have to keep wearing masks, because they could still be contagious.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021
Whether you’re getting a one-shot or two-shot vaccination, the day of your first shot will feel very cathartic. But medically speaking, not much happens to your body on the day of your first shot (other than the redness, swelling, or other minor side effects). Your immune cells will not fully process that vaccine for two weeks, so don’t let your guard down and do keep your mask up.