Reminder: You Are Not ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Until 2 Weeks After Your Shot

Updated: Mar 25, 2021 09:54
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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.

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.

Moreover, keep that fucking on mask on! You can still spread the virus even after you’re vaccinated, according to the New York Times.

“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.”

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.



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