There are a number of legitimate questions people have about the vaccine(s), which is entirely appropriate. Some of the most frequently asked questions are:
Should I get the vaccine if I’ve already contracted the virus?
Yes, you should still get the vaccine if have already contracted the virus. The only caveat is when you can get your vaccine after having the virus. It is recommended to wait until all of your symptoms have subsided before getting vaccinated. As always, consult your physician before making any decision.
Can I unknowingly spread the virus after getting vaccinated?
There is a debate as to whether someone can unknowingly spread the virus after getting vaccinated, which is why it is strongly recommended to continue wearing a mask and practice social distancing even after receiving your vaccine.
Can I still get the virus after getting vaccinated?
Vaccines take time to help the body build a defense against a virus, so it is possible to get the virus in the days immediately following your vaccination. In addition, most vaccines require two doses, so your body won't be fully immune for up to one month after receiving your first dose.
In addition, no vaccine is 100% effective, so it is still very important to continue following federal and state health guidelines. However, the top three vaccines appear to be highly effective, even among the elderly and vulnerable population.
As of now, it is still unknown how long immunity will last after you receive both doses of the vaccine and it will take some time for doctors and medical professionals to determine how long immunity will last, but early data is giving healthcare professionals that it will last for a long time.
Should I still wear a mask and practice social distancing after getting vaccinated?
Yes, you should still continue to practice all CDC guidelines meant to deter the spread of the virus even after getting vaccinated. This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands and other high touch surfaces often. That is because it is still unknown if a vaccinated person can unintentionally spread the virus to someone who hasn't been vaccinated yet.
Can my employer require me to get the vaccine?
In most cases, your employer may require you to get the vaccine in order to return to work. There are, as in most things, health and religious exemptions, but the vast majority of employers may require their employees to be vaccinated for the overall safety of the entire workforce.
Private companies, especially those in the travel and entertainment industry, also have a strong case to require anyone using their services to be vaccinated (once it is readily available to the entire country), especially for those traveling internationally. Many countries already require those visiting to provide proof of vaccination for any number of illnesses, so it will be highly likely they will require proof of vaccination for this virus, as well.