In general, there are several factors to keep in mind:
- Vaccination provides protection from severe COVID-19 disease and reduces the risk of being infected with the virus. However, vaccination may not fully prevent you from becoming infected, with mild or no symptoms, and then transmitting the virus on to others.
- After receiving the first dose, it takes time for your body to develop protection. So, you can be infected with the virus in the days following vaccination before the vaccine has begun to provide protection.
- Getting all recommended doses is important to the body to build the strongest possible defense against developing COVID-19 disease.
For all these reasons, it is very important that everyone who gets vaccinated still continues to take precautions like physical distancing, using a mask, cleaning hands and avoiding crowded places.