Can I stop wearing a mask after I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. You will still need to follow the critical public health protocols until public health officials say otherwise.

Here’s why:

  • Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, given 3-4 weeks apart.
  • The effect of a vaccine is not immediate. Your immune system needs time to build up antibodies in order to fight off the virus.
  • You are expected to have some level of protection after the first dose, but full protection may not come for weeks after the second dose – up to two months or more after your first dose.
  • Once vaccine doses are readily available for public use, it could still take several months to get vaccines to hundreds of millions of people.

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1. How do I get on the list for the COVID-19 vaccine?
2. Who should get the vaccine?
3. Who should NOT get the vaccine?
4. Are the COVID-19 vaccines really safe?
5. How many vaccinations will I need?
6. Does the immunity from the disease last longer than the vaccine?
7. Do I need to get the vaccine if I've had COVID-19?
8. What information should I provide when I do get my vaccination?
9. What are the known side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
10. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
11. Will getting the vaccine cause me to test positive on a COVID-19 test?
12. Will I be contagious to others if I get the vaccine?
13. Can I stop wearing a mask after I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
14. Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?
15. Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?