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CDC Warns These COVID Vaccine Mistakes Could Make You Sick

Knowing this before and after your vaccine is essential.
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The end of the coronavirus pandemic can happen with your help. "If we choose to invest in prevention right now, we will ultimately come out of this pandemic faster," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yesterday. "And with fewer lives lost…So many Americans have embraced vaccination and have chipped in with their families and communities to help others get vaccinated." Before you get your vaccine—or if you've gotten it already—read on for 5 things the CDC thinks you should know, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


After Vaccination, You Still Need to Wear a Mask at Certain Times

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Says the CDC about your mask use after vaccination: "It depends. For now, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with:

Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from other people in other settings, like when they are in public or visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households."


Do Not Get Vaccinated If You Have COVID

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"People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated," says the CDC. "This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine."


You Should Still Get Vaccinated After You Have COVID

Woman getting COVID-19 vaccine shot.

"Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19," says the CDC. "That's because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again."


Do Not Get Vaccinated if You Have the Following Allergies

"If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna)," says the CDC. "If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in Johnson & Johnson's Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get the J&J/Janssen vaccine."


Don't Travel!

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Vaccination or not, the CDC says: "CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."

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So When is it Safe to See Other Humans???

Family talking over dinner.

Says the CDC: "Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic"

So 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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek