Vaccination and immunity thoughts
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, you know all about the rampaging pandemic. How it has literally changed the world and how it's wreaking havoc all over the globe. So, having a vaccine against such a disease that has come in the form of Hades himself is certainly a fact worth celebrating. But don't throw a party just yet.
Getting vaccinated sure is a good thing but it still means that you should keep certain factors in mind.
For one thing, you still need to wear masks. Not just because the public offices demand it, but because you can be a carrier of the disease. There's a chance that you might catch the disease and not even realise it and end up infecting someone else. There's also the risk of getting infected yourself even after vaccination in some cases, especially given the different variants of the virus becoming all too common. So don't be lazy — wear a mask.
We are still a long way from achieving herd immunity and until we can achieve that, a large number of the population are still at risk. Which is why you should probably hold off on the big gatherings that you are planning to celebrate your vaccination.
As one user posted on Twitter: "Being Vaccinated does not mean you can host an extravagant party at your West Egg mansion that symbolises the superficiality and moral corruption of the rich." Sure, it's a satirical reference to The Great Gatsby, but it's appropriate for the situation.
You can travel and resume normal activities but remember, it's possible to catch the disease a second time and it's possible to catch it even after vaccination, so you should probably keep in mind that the pandemic is not over just because you got vaccinated.
Remember, there are new variants being discovered and your vaccine, while effective in general cases, may not provide such great protection against the newer variants that appear to be much more atrocious.
Keep the records and papers of your vaccination close at hand for many offices might ask for them and right now, they are the only proof you have of having been vaccinated.
You still need to wash your hands and face. The vaccine provides an immunity but how long that lasts is still a puzzle that scientists are attempting to solve.
Yes, you can go visit your family as long as you are being cautious. Experts say that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be quarantined if they do not have COVID symptoms following an exposure. But we still recommend taking all the necessary cautions such as mask and hand sanitisers.