To the most common questions, which have arisen in the United States of America, where the majority of the population is now vaccinated against coronavirus, answer the doctors of the Therapeutic Clinic of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Theodora Psaltopoulou, Panos Malandrakis, Giannis Danasis, and Thanos Dimopoulos (rector of EKPA).
They emphasize that those who have completed their vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are less likely to be infected with the coronavirus, show the severe form of the infection and spread the virus to others. This means that gradually these people can start doing again what they avoided, to keep themselves and others safe.
How is complete vaccination defined?;
The maximum protection of the vaccine is two weeks after the second dose of a vaccine two doses (Pfizer, Modern) and two weeks after the dose of a Johnson vaccine & Johnson. This data applies to healthy people, as well as someone with a weakened immune system due to a disease or medication, he must first consult his treating physician.
I have to wear a mask outdoors;
When someone has completed their vaccination, τότε από τους ειδικούς θεωρείται ασφαλές να περπατάει ή να αθλείται σε εξωτερικό χώρο, be in small clusters with vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals, and dine outside without mask. However, it would be good to continue wearing a mask, even after completion of vaccination, at events with a lot of synchronicity such as concerts.
What applies to interiors;
Indoors, the use of the mask in gatherings with fully vaccinated individuals could potentially be omitted., or if the unvaccinated are from a single family in groups of a few. People at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 infection due to old age or severe comorbidities, it would be good to always wear a mask, when people who are not fully vaccinated have intercourse. also, the use of the mask is recommended in the following cases:
- Indoor public spaces, such as airports, department stores, hospitals, Super Market
- Indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people from different families
- Public transport, such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
It's safe to travel;
Theoretically the fully vaccinated, it is safe to travel within the country, without testing or quarantining on return. However, It is important to take precautions when traveling, such as keeping distance, the use of a mask, and proper and frequent hand hygiene. Regarding the trip abroad, depending on the destination, the person should check if a vaccination certificate or quarantine is required on return – if for example one wants to travel to the US, must submit a negative test within three days.
What do I do if I come in contact with a confirmed positive case?;
Fully vaccinated people are much less likely to catch the virus, however, experts recommend monitoring symptoms, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, nausea or diarrhea. Especially if someone is exposed to a positive case and lives with many people, ideally he should be tested and isolated for 14 days even without symptoms.