There is some confusion about what you should or shouldn’t do once you have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna (and one shot of Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has offered very instructive guidance in this regard.

Here is a link to a very handy reference guide. In one easy source, it provides everything that you need to know to remain safe, courteous and respectful to others.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Once fully vaccinated, you can reclaim much of your “life” back.

The CDC advises that you can travel anywhere domestically and not need to take a pre or post Covid-19 test. You also don’t have to quarantine for 14 days upon your return home.

Prior to being fully vaccinated, it made it nearly impossible to go away. Unless you can work from home, there was no practical way to take a vacation and then return home and miss two more weeks of work.

This alone makes for a huge return to some sense of normalcy.

The CDC also offers guidelines for International travel. It’s almost as unrestrictive as Domestic travel ... However, you have to be guided by particular Countries that do require certain testing and other requirements.

Once fully vaccinated, wearing face masks and social distancing recommendations are relaxed depending who you are going to be around.

The CDC and other experts also agree that once you’re fully vaccinated, you have a very high degree of protection from becoming infected by COVID-19.

They state further that even if you do contract Covid-19, your case should be very mild or a symptomatic.

The experts have a wide range of opinions of how contagious a fully vaccinated person is towards others. Because the “Jury” is still out about this ... the best practice is follow all of the proper guidelines regarding wearing face masks and practicing proper social distancing when you are out and about.

Some alarmists continue to scare people unnecessarily.  I strongly support the practice following the CDC recommendations and those from your Governor, local and county officials.

But, remember when you are fully vaccinated, you should responsibly live your life with a high degree of confidence that you are now protected at a level that hasn’t existed in more than a year since the global pandemic began.

More than 80 percent of all Americans (age 65 and older) have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 70 percent in this most susceptible age demographic are fully vaccinated.

This is a very big deal.

Just a handful of days from now, on April 18, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has approved for all residents age 16 to infinity to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a big time game changer, so that we as a society can go from the pandemic stage to endemic in managing the COVID-19 disease.

As always, directly consult with your healthcare provider and do what’s best in your particular situation.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay strong.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & opinion editorial comments from Harry Hurley.

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