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Quick Points About the Vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
- Vaccines work because they cause the body to produce an immune response against a disease.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is a long-anticipated tool that will help slow the spread of illness and end the pandemic.
- Getting vaccinated will protect you and people around you, including those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- All three vaccines are safe and extremely effective.
- If you are 16 years or older:
- If you speak English as a second language, need an ASL interpreter by video, or have technical needs:
- Call Virginia Department of Health at (877) 829-4682 (TTY 711)
- ¿Necesitas vacunarte?
- Entérate cómo conseguir tu vacuna en Vaccinate.Virginia.gov o llamando al 1-877-829-4682 de 8am a 8pm. Traducción disponible en tu idioma. Usuarios de TTY pueden marcar al 7-1-1.
- More Vaccine General Information
- Download a Vaccine Flyer
After You Get the Vaccine
Thank you for getting the vaccine and doing your part to move the community toward herd immunity! Please understand that you do not have complete immunity for COVID-19. It is important that you continue to:
- Wear a mask
- Stay 6 feet from those not in your household -- even when wearing a mask
- Wash your hands
There are several reasons why continuing these safe practices are important:
- The vaccine does not provide 100% protection. The best vaccines currently available offer 95% protection, meaning there is still a 5% chance of catching the virus. Since the virus affects each person differently, and the worst cases are very severe, it is best to continue wearing masks, staying socially distant, washing hands, and staying home.
- The COVID-19 variants continue to change. Scientists and health officials are working hard to evaluate if the current vaccines are effective for the known variants. Until those studies are complete, keep yourself safe.
- You could be a silent spreader. Experts don't yet know if being vaccinated means you cannot spread the virus. It's possible that a vaccinated person could be an symptomatic carrier. Until we know more, stay safe.
- We don't know how long the vaccines are effective. It's unknown if a booster shot will be needed or if the one- or two-dose vaccines will be enough. Until we know more, stay safe.
CDC's Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Visit the CDC's website for the full details.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
- If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected.
What is Safe to Do Once You are Fully Vaccinated?
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one (1) other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What is Unsafe to Do, Even after being Fully Vaccinated?
- You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
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