The coronavirus pandemic is nowhere near its end yet, despite the world's first releases of COVID-19 vaccine to the world's country leaders that have bulked order massive quantities for distribution among the public. The widely available and emergency approved vaccine in the United Kingdom is now rolling out, with the US FDA already looking into Pfizer's 94 percent effective shot.

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A person is vaccinated during a national campaign of vaccination implemented by the government after having decreed a state of health emergency at CDI Dr. Alcides Rodriguez on March 14, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. Delcy Rodriguez, Vice President of Venezuela, confirmed on Friday 13th the first two cases of COVID-19. President Nicolas Maduro had decreed a state of emergency in the health sector, suspended all flights from Europe and Colombia and mass public gatherings are banned. There is international concern about the management of the COVID-19 epidemic in Venezuela due to its collapsed health system.

Is Wearing a Mask Still Necessary After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine?

The race to procure an immunization shot for the notorious global pandemic, COVID-19, is nearly at its end as high-effectivity-rated vaccines are already submitting for emergency approvals. In the country, Pfizer's mRNA vaccine is in the US Food and Drug Administration's labs, and it would only be a matter of days before its eventual approval. 

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine would surely give the recipient an edge and cloak of protection against the deadly virus; however, this does not stop COVID-19 from entering the body and causing different or weaker illness to a person. The vaccine does not guarantee full protection from the virus. Instead, it lets the body know COVID-19 to fight against it.

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A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.

According to the National Institute of Health, COVID-19's effect differs from one person to another, meaning that the vaccine cannot determine if the person is extra vulnerable or susceptible to a worse case of catching the virus. With this being said, COVID-19 Vaccines are not the magic drug to stop the virus's spread.

Despite the emergence of coronavirus immunity shots, people are still advised to practice proper safety measures like wearing face masks, social distancing, washing of hands, hygiene, etc. The public would even need to be wary of their surroundings and not assume that the world is back to the old normal. 

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COVID-19 Era Post-Vaccine Creation: People, Observe Proper Safety Measures

Since the COVID-19 Vaccines' arrival and emergence with its high-effectiveness ratings, the public has asked numerous questions, including the possibility of throwing away face masks and other personal protective equipment. The vaccine has already created a stigma of the pandemic's end, but that is not the case.

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PUURS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 10: A sign invites employees of the Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer in Puurs to wear a mask when entering this area on November 10, 2020 in Puurs, Belgium. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced positive early results on its Covid-19 vaccine trial and has proven to be 90% effective in preventing infection of the virus. Pfizer, in partnership with German company BioNtech, plans to supply 1.3 billion doses of the vaccine in 2021. The Puurs Pfizer facility will be one of two sites to produce the vaccine against coronavirus.

According to Pop Sugar, the current vaccine is not a "silver bullet" that can make the virus' presence in the world go away or disappear. The threat to catch the virus comes after vaccination without the face mask and another lesser-minded risk that is mostly not taken into consideration. 

An interview by the New York Times with Immunologist, Michal Tal from Stanford University, said that the risk of catching the virus and carrying it around for other people to get infected is the unseen threat in the current period. People may not consider this, but this is one of the most disturbing and mindless ways to spread the virus to others. 

Currently, strolling around the public would not let you know who already got the vaccine or have not yet, because a mix of vaccinated people with face mask, unvaccinated people without face masks, and vice versa may be out there. There is no way of telling who could spread the virus, and even vaccinated people can do. 

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