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Now that you are vaccinated, does that mean you are immune to COVID-19 transmission? During a new interview with Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases answers this very question. Read on to learn what might happen to you after you get the vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
After Your Vaccine, You May Still Be Able to Spread the Virus, Fauci Warned
First, Dr. Fauci explained why it is “extremely important for so many reasons,” for everyone—especially in the military—to get vaccinated. While one of them is to achieve herd immunity, or “force protection,” he also points out that while many in the military are “young, healthy men and women,” others have “underlying conditions and some can in fact have an outcome that could be severe,” he explained. “So it's for personal health, but it's also to preserve the integrity of the force. Luckily, all three vaccines are quite effective, “anywhere from 72 to 94 to 95% effective in preventing clinical disease,” so “it is absolutely critical that we get the military vaccinated and vaccinated as expeditiously as possible.”
However, even after you get vaccinated and are protected from getting sick, you may still be able to play a devastating role in the spread of the virus. “I mean, the numbers are interesting because we know now that the end point or the vaccine efficacy primary endpoint for the vaccine trials are prevention of clinically recognizable disease. However, what we don't know yet, which we will get this information in the next few months, is that it is entirely conceivable that a vaccinated person could be protected against symptomatic disease, but still could be infected and potentially pass the virus on to someone else,” he pointed out.
“What we're doing studies now is to determine two things, the level of virus in the nasopharynx of people who have vaccinated, but who have breakthrough infections, and whether or not they can transmit it to other people, the latter will be very important information that we will find out from a number of studies.”
How to Stay Safe During the Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.