Story by: Norton Healthcare on February 4, 2021
Once you have your initial and booster COVID-19 vaccinations, you still need to wear a mask, practice social distancing and keep your hands clean. The vaccine helps protects you from developing COVID-19, but you still can spread it to others.
Vaccinations can help prevent illness and limit the coronavirus’ ability to spread in your system. But you still can spread the virus to others until enough people have been vaccinated that the coronavirus runs out of places to hide from the antibodies — so called herd immunity.
“Our job as a society is to look out for those who are at risk of developing COVID-19 and to try to protect them,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer of Norton Medical Group and physician-in-chief of Norton Cancer Institute. “Until enough people build up immunity through vaccination and the virus has nowhere to replicate, it’s going to be important for all of us to continue to wear masks, keep 6 feet apart and keep our hands clean.”
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