Those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 still observe certain protection measures that Mrs. Eleni Patrozou talks about in ygeiamou, Pathologist-Infectious Diseases Specialist, Επιστημονική Συνεργάτιδα του ΥΓΕΙΑ
Covid-19 vaccines have given us all hope as they are a shield against coronavirus. But we all need to know that until they are widely available and achieve the high rates of herd immunity required to end the pandemic, we must be very careful.
According to recent studies, People who have already been fully vaccinated may return to some of their activities, but continuing to observe the necessary protection measures both for their safety and for their relatives.
Which individuals are considered fully vaccinated;
People who are considered fully vaccinated are:
• Those who have been vaccinated with the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and time has passed 2 weeks after the last vaccination.
• Those who have been vaccinated with the Janssen or Johnson vaccine & Johnson
and time has passed 2 weeks after vaccination.
• Those who have been vaccinated with 2 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine and has elapsed 2 weeks after vaccination
In case you do not meet the above conditions, you do not consider yourself fully vaccinated as you have not yet developed the necessary antibodies to the coronavirus.
What protection measures should you follow even if you have been fully vaccinated?;
After your vaccination and until the circulation of the virus in the community is restricted (when herd immunity is achieved) you should continue to apply protective measures such as hand hygiene, the use of a mask and the observance of distances.
This is because it is possible that even those who are vaccinated if they come in contact with the virus can carry it., although they themselves do not usually show symptoms.
Precautions should be applied when:
• You are indoors or outdoors with crowds.
• Focus on people who have not been vaccinated at all or who have not been fully vaccinated.
• Visit a person who has not been vaccinated and is at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease or cohabiting with a person at high risk.
• When traveling by plane, buses, trains and other means of public transport.
• You are at work.
What can you do if you are fully vaccinated?;
- Being indoors with other people fully vaccinated without wearing a mask or keeping your distance 2 meters.
- If you come in contact with a person with a confirmed SARS Cov-2 infection you do not need to be quarantined, because the risk of infection is very low. However you should watch for symptoms for 14 days after exposure and adhere to social distance measures
What we know and what we are still learning;
We already know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing disease, especially from serious illness or death, as they provide protection by training our immune system to respond to the virus.. Evidence so far shows that vaccines may help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but as more people are vaccinated the more knowledge we gain. Additional evaluations and clinical trials will be needed to safely assess, how long does our protection against the virus last after vaccination, how effective are vaccines against mutations in the virus and whether a fully vaccinated person can transmit Covid-19 disease.
*Η κυρία Eleni Patrozou είναι Παθολόγος-Λοιμωξιολόγος, Επιστημονική Συνεργάτις του HEALTH