NH’s State Epidemiologist Answers Post Vaccine ?’s
With hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters now at least partially vaccinated against the severe effects of COVID-19. Dr. Benjamin Chan answers some specific questions on this WMUR-TV interview about the immediate future of health concerns here in NH.
Can you still spread COVID-19 after full vaccination?
According to Dr. Chan, you can STILL carry the COVID-19 virus even after being fully vaccinated.
In the vast majority of these cases, you will be completely asymptomatic but unfortunately could still infect others if proper masking and social distancing measures are not taken.
Should someone who has recently recovered from COVID-19 still get the vaccine?
Over 75,000 NH residents have already been infected and if I was recently infected, I'd have this question too!
According to Dr. Chan, 'Fully Recovered' are the key terms in that question.
Once you've fully recovered from the infection, you are very much encouraged to get the vaccine.
I've read about several cases of people that have been infected multiple times so I would certainly get vaccinated to prevent that scenario from happening.
I know it's hard to believe that we as a State are just entering our 2nd year of this pandemic.
It seems like this has gone on forever but the active cases in New Hampshire are at the lowest level in almost four months and hospitalization and mortality rates appear to be trending the right way as well.
With a year gone by, I'm thankful that Dr. Chan and his thoughtful and articulate responses to all COVID-19 related questions still continue to be a calming and instructional presence here in New Hampshire.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.