My elderly parents have had their vaccines but I haven’t. Can I spend time with people who have been vaccinated if I haven’t?

Question: 

My elderly parents have had their vaccines but I haven’t. Can I spend time with people who have been vaccinated if I haven’t?

Answer: 

‎Everyone who receives the vaccine will still need to follow public health guidance and follow orders from the Provincial Health Officer.  As more people get vaccinated, more in-person get togethers will be allowed. You can see the current public health guidance by clicking here. There are several reasons it is important to follow the orders:

  • It takes about 2 weeks for your body to gain protection from the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that if you contracted COVID-19 before getting the vaccine, or within the 2 week period following the vaccine, you may still get sick from COVID-19. So if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 after you’ve been vaccinated, use the BC self-assessment tool to determine if you need to be tested.
  • The vaccine won’t stop everyone from getting COVID-19. For those who do get the virus, it is less likely you will experience severe illness.
  • The vaccine is effective, but no vaccine is 100% effective. You may not have sufficient immunity. You can still spread COVID-19 from other people if you touch things and don’t wash your hands or interact with people in close proximity. 

As things change, public health measures will be updated and adjusted. It is important to keep following public health recommendations.

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Monday, Aug 02, 2021