The Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has affected the world in ways that we couldn’t have imagined. Luckily, there are several vaccines that have been approved by the FDA for protection against Covid-19. And thankfully, many Americans have already been vaccinated. However, you may be wondering what to do after you get the Covid Vaccine. Do you still wear a mask? Can you still be a spreader? We’ll take a look at some smart moves to take after you’ve received your vaccine to keep yourself and others safe.

What to do After You Get the Covid Vaccine: Continue to be Vigilant

Second Dose

The first thing to do after you get the Covid vaccine is to wait the appropriate amount of time and then go for your second shot. The two main suppliers of the vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna, both require a two-shot dose. The Pfizer requires three weeks of wait time between doses, And the Moderna requires four weeks. Between doses, it’s believed that you’ll have some level of protection against the virus, but it’s best to continue all Covid precautions until a few weeks after your second dose. Hopefully, by then you’ll have some level of immunity.

Mask/Social Distancing

After you get the Covid vaccine doses, it’s best to continue mask-wearing and social distancing when in public. This is because none of the approved vaccines are 100% effective. You still have a minimal chance of catching the virus, so you should continue taking precautions. It’s also somewhat unknown exactly to what extent you are still able to pass the virus to others. It’s safest for everybody if you continue precautions. Hand washing is always a good idea!

Follow Up

Even after you get the Covid vaccine, it’s important to keep up-to-date with Covid information. There are new variants that scientists are studying. They might require a booster shot or another vaccine in the future. Therefore, keeping up to date with new information is key. Report any negative side effects from the vaccine to help with feedback.

If you are one of the lucky ones that have been able to receive your shot, it’s important to know what steps to take after you get the Covid vaccine. Make sure that you schedule your follow up the second dose of the vaccine, and remain vigilant between doses and shortly after. The best practice for keeping yourself and everybody around you safe is to continue wearing a mask and social distancing when in public. Report any negative side effects from the shot. Finally, keep up to date with Covid information so that you’re aware if you need to receive any sort of follow up booster. Hopefully, getting the vaccine to the general population will be a huge step in reducing overall Covid cases and getting life back to normal.