If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines then check out this episode of Housecall with Dr. David Doman where he talks to Dr. Barney Graham, the Deputy Director for the Vaccine Research Center at NIH.
What is a Vaccine?
Vaccines teach the immune system what is a pathogen and what is a foreign body. Dr. Graham shares details about the process of Herd Immunity, or as he calls it Population Immunity. Thus far, more than 11 million people in the United States have had at least their first shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
What happens after you’re vaccinated? Can you return to normal life?
We are all in this together, Dr. Graham reminds us. Not just the United States, but the whole world. This virus is going to go wherever there is a susceptible person. The vaccine is designed to protect the individual, but your community may still be symptomatic and you could still have Covid-19 and infect someone while being asymptomatic. Dr. Graham believes we should take the masks off together, all at once, when the time is right. He hopes to see Immunity of Covid-19 with people continuing receiving vaccines and continuing taking precautions like wearing a mask and social distancing as early as the end of May, or by the end of the summer. Everyone’s actions going forward will determine how soon this will happen.
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