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Did you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s what you need to do now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guidance for those who get the COVID-19 vaccine.

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Frank Augstein, Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new guidance for those who receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes tips on what people need to do after they get it.

  • The vaccine has slowly begun to roll out across the country to front-line workers. The CDC’s guidance paints a picture of what people should do now that they’ve received the vaccine, and gives an idea to those who will get the vaccine later about what they can do.

The 7 tips for what’s next

The CDC said in its new guidance — which was primarily meant to assure those with underlying conditions that they can take the vaccine — that there are still guidelines to follow after you get the vaccines. Here’s the rundown.

  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid large crowds of people.
  • Wash hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer to keep hands clean.
  • Follow all CDC travel guidelines.
  • Follow quarantine guidelines if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Follow any workplace rules that might limit you from returning.

Wait, so life isn’t normal?

Nope. The CDC suggested more research needed to be done before full normality returns.

  • “Until experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, people who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19 after they are vaccinated.”