For 10 months, we've heard the same message: avoid large crowds, practice social distancing and wear a mask. Those basic health precautions should continue, health professionals say, even after receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Many wonder why those guidelines are still needed if the vaccine is safe and effective. Here are some key questions and answers:
Why is a vaccine needed if social distancing and mask wearing can prevent the spread of the virus?
Do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing after being vaccinated?
How long do experts think wearing a mask and social distancing will last?
What activities can you feel comfortable doing in the immediate aftermath of being vaccinated?
How long will the vaccine protection last?
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