Should You Continue Wearing a Mask After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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One common question we receive from people after they get vaccinated against COVID-19 is if they still need to wear masks in public. People often find these masks to be a hassle and inconvenient, but our ER doctors and nurse practitioners at University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX want you to be aware of what you can do after being vaccinated. There are a few rules to consider surrounding wearing a mask after being vaccinated.

These rules for wearing a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine are for people who are considered fully vaccinated. To be “fully vaccinated,” you would have received the full vaccination schedule for the treatment and then have passed two weeks after. Your body should be immunized against COVID-19 at this point.

Outdoor settings

You do not need to wear a mask in most outdoor settings, but the rules for whether you should be wearing a mask in these scenarios will vary, surrounding the rules in your local area.

We do recommend wearing a mask if you’re in an area with a high spread of COVID-19 or in larger crowds. You should also wear a mask if you’re in close contact with many people who might not be vaccinated. These include people who have only completed a portion of the vaccination schedule.

Indoor settings

Although you may be vaccinated, the potential for COVID-19 to spread is higher indoors than it is in outdoor spots. You should still wear a mask if you are in an indoor space where people are in close contact with one another. A mask is also necessary for indoor areas in regions where the COVID-19 spread is more significant than in other spots.

What if you have a medical condition?

At University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX, we recommend you continue wearing a mask if you have any medical conditions that might increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. These include conditions that require you to take medications that may weaken your immune system. You may be vaccinated, but that does not mean you will be completely protected. You should continue wearing a mask at this point unless your healthcare provider says otherwise.

Contact us today to learn more about COVID-19

The threat of COVID-19 is still significant, but vaccinations make it so the risk is less dramatic. You should not assume you no longer need to wear a mask after being vaccinated. You must follow the proper rules for wearing a mask in your local area while also using the proper judgment when doing so, including washing and sanitizing your hands, and practicing social distancing. Be aware of the current spread of COVID-19 in your local area to determine what is necessary. Contact us at University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX if you have further questions about what to do. You can also contact us if you require COVID-19 testing. We provide a confidential and secure testing service where we can review a blood sample to identify if you have a viral spread or antibodies. Schedule an appointment today for your examination.

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