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COVID-19 vaccines will not replace mask-wearing

Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020. 2:31 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: There are several COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out as developed countries begin fast-tracking approval; however, preventative measures, particularly mask-wearing, will still be in place for some time even after the vaccines have been given out, according to Buzz Caribbean.

In a recently published article, Buzz Caribbean notes that both the vaccines that have already been approved: Pfizer and Moderna, are multi-dose shots, which are spaced out weeks apart. While initial shots will provide some protection, persons cannot expect the full level of protection from the virus until weeks after the second dose.

Notably, Deborah Fuller, a vaccine expert at the University of Washington, said recently that it is still not known whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines protect people from infection entirely, or just from symptoms. She also noted that vaccine testing is just starting in children, who won’t be able to get shots until study data indicates they’re safe and effective for them as well.  

Last week the BBC noted that people are having allergic reactions to the vaccines that did not form a part of the original testing data. The allergic reactions included symptoms such as skin rash, breathlessness, and a drop in blood pressure. Both the National Health System workers, who were a part of the priority vaccination group have since been treated and have recovered. 

However, the situation does reemphasize that, given the various issues surrounding vaccines, preventative measures will still need to continue for some time after the rollouts.

Breaking Belize News encourages Belizeans to continue mask-wearing, physical distancing, and practicing all other recommendations from health officials to contain the spread of the virus.


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