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People you know have started to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but what now? The article below breaks down a few key things that we can all expect in the months to come.
Vaccine rollout has begun in many countries around the world, and while this is certainly a step in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods yet. In the months to come, the public is going to have to practice patience as the population is vaccinated. For many countries, the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is the largest vaccination campaign ever to occur. With millions of people, or even hundreds of millions in some countries, in need of the vaccine, reaching herd immunity will take time.
As mentioned above, given the unprecedented size of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, vaccinating the majority of the population (which is necessary to reach herd immunity) will take time. For some countries, this might be a matter of months, but for others it could be years. This means that even if you have been vaccinated, it’s important to stay vigilant and continue taking the same precautions you did in 2020. This translates to wearing a face mask in public, washing your hands regularly, and social distancing with members outside of your household, especially those who have yet to be vaccinated.
One perk of vaccinations means that small, indoor gatherings will likely be given the go-ahead. The CDC has already stated that small gatherings between vaccinated peoples is allowed, and that vaccinated people can visit with one other unvaccinated household, so long as the unvaccinated people in that household are not at high risk of contracting COVID-19. This means that grandparents can finally hug their grandkids, which is certainly worth celebrating after a long year of isolation for so many of the world’s most vulnerable people.
We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to hang on a little bit longer. To keep yourself and those around you safe from COVID-19, the best course of action is 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.