Can you stop wearing a mask after getting the COVID vaccine?
(NEXSTAR) – So you got the COVID-19 vaccine. Can you take off your mask for good?
According to the doctors NEXSTAR spoke to, the answer is clearly no.
“You absolutely cannot [stop wearing a mask]”Said Dawn Davis, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic.
“We want to make sure that you are not potentially passing the virus on to anyone else and that you are not accidentally picking up the virus from someone else.”
Although the vaccine will protect you from severe COVID-19 infection, researchers have yet to determine if it will also stop transmission or spread from person to person. Until we know more, public health protocols – wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing – need to stay in place.