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Posted 2020-11-19 17:24:59 UTC

Face Masks Will Still Need to Be Worn After the Vaccine Is Available

The news of a vaccine being ready for the general public in the near future was met with great excitement, but we are far from out of the woods yet, experts say. Many health experts have cautioned that there are many reasons why mask wearing, social distancing and other precautions will need to continue well into next year.

 

On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned “it’s not going to be a light switch” back to normalcy even when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available to the public. In fact, Fauci recommends people still wear masks and practice social distancing even after getting the vaccine.

 

Here we outline some reasons why.

 

The vaccine is still not 100% effective

 

The  Pfizer vaccine is supposed to be 90% to 95% effective, but there is still the risk that 5-10% of the population will get it, and you don’t know whether you will be one of them or how the virus or vaccine will affect you personally.

 

 “But I would recommend to people to not abandon all public health measures just because you have been vaccinated,” said fauci. Those measures  include: universal wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding large crowds, doing more outdoor activities and washing hands frequently.

 

Many people will refuse to take the vaccine

 

Dr. Bruce Hirsch, an infectious disease specialist, adds that many people have strong feelings about vaccines and may not take them, which “will impact the general population from being immune to Covid-19 and prolong the threat of the pandemic.”

 

Vaccines are not effective immediately after taking them

 

“In addition, the protective effect of a vaccine may take at least one month, if not slightly longer,” says Dr. David Ho,  a virologist working on developing antibody therapies for Covid-19 at Columbia University. (So far, Pfizer said early results showed its two-dose vaccine showed 90% effectiveness seven days after the second dose. Early  data on Moderna’s two-dose vaccine showed 94.5% efficacy two weeks after the second dose.)

 

The vaccine won’t be available to everyone immediately

 

If the virus continues to circulate among young people, those at risk who were not vaccinated or for whom the vaccine didn’t work are still vulnerable. This is almost exactly the situation that we currently face with seasonal flu vaccination. We vaccinate those at risk and leave the rest to take their chances. The difference is that with seasonal flu we also vaccinate children because they do get flu, sometimes badly, and are “super-spreaders”.

 

 

David Salisbury, a former director of immunisation at the Department of Health , says we will be in a ‘vaccine plus’ situation for some time. This he describes as “A period of time – hopefully short but ultimately driven by vaccine supply and uptake – when we will continue to wear masks, limit our social contacts, think carefully about travel (especially to countries where the virus is not under tight control), be very cautious about public transport where there is crowding, and work remotely as much as possible.

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