Once I’m vaccinated, do I still have to worry about public health measures?

Question: 

Once I’m vaccinated, do I still have to worry about public health measures?

Answer: 

‎Everyone who receives the vaccine will still need to follow public health guidance and follow orders from the Provincial Health Officer. You can see the current public health order 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 available vaccines are highly effective, but you could be in the small number of people that don’t have immunity. You can still spread COVID-19 if you touch things and don’t wash your hands or interact with people in close proximity.
  • After receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to keep a copy of your immunization record. By registering for Health Gateway, you will be able to access a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record. The Health Gateway is a single place for BC residents to access their health records.

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