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posted by: LIT First Aid on: April 30, 2021

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Many of us have been eagerly anticipating our COVID-19 vaccine appointments because we believe that vaccines are key to a return to normal. 


While receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is certainly an important step in protecting ourselves and others from this deadly virus, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the months ahead. 


First, what does being fully vaccinated really mean? In order to consider yourself fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. In addition to receiving the required number of doses, two weeks from your final dose must have passed for you to be considered fully vaccinated. 


But what happens after you’re fully vaccinated? First, it’s important to note that it will take months for the majority of the domestic population to be vaccinated. Until this time, a lot of the COVID-19 protocols and restrictions that have been in place for over a year will likely remain in place in your country. 


However, there are a few newfound freedoms that fully vaccinated people will likely be able to enjoy. For example, the CDC has stated that vaccinated people can begin to gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people, without having to wear a face mask or stay six feet apart. In addition, you can feel safe not wearing a mask outdoors, except in crowded settings. Finally, the CDC has also said that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household, as long as no one in that household is at severe risk of contracting COVID-19. 


Though it’s been a long year, vaccines are rolling out across the country and the more people get vaccinated, the safer we can all feel going about our daily lives. 


In addition to getting vaccinated as soon as possible, you can also keep yourself and others safe by learning basic first aid.  Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.

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