Coronavirus is a type of virus
Pharmacist Madeline Acquilano draws a syringe of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Jessica Hill/AP Photo
(NEXSTAR) – You must wait a certain amount of time after receiving the second and final shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines before they are fully effective.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take around two weeks to become effective after the second shot.
You’re only partially protected after the first shot.
A single dose of the Pfizer vaccine has been demonstrated to be 52 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infection in studies.
According to a document provided to the FDA by the vaccine producer, the Moderna vaccine is considered to be 80.2% effective after a single dose.
You should be 95 percent protected after two doses of each shot.
The CDC issued revised instructions on Monday, stating that fully vaccinated adults can gather without wearing masks. Such guidelines, on the other hand, do not apply until the vaccination is fully effective.
The CDC guidance is designed to address a growing demand, as more adults have been getting vaccinated and wondering if it gives them greater freedom to visit family members, travel, or do other things like they did before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world last year.
“We are starting to turn a corner with more and more individuals getting vaccinated every day,” stated CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
She described the instruction as a “first step” toward restoring normalcy in how people interact during a press conference on Monday. When the country approaches herd immunity and evidence develops on the potential of those who have been vaccinated to obtain and spread the virus, she suggested more activities for vaccinated individuals would be OK’d.
The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. Vaccinated persons should also get tested if they experience symptoms that could be connected to COVID-19, according to the CDC.
The CDC’s advice did not address persons who may have developed some immunity as a result of being infected with the coronavirus and recovering from it.
According to the CDC, around 31 million Americans — or about 9% of the population — have been fully immunized with a federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine.