PITTSBURGH — As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine, many are wondering if their lives can go back to normal.
“Any function that they would participate in through school we weren’t able to attend. We really missed that,” said John Schaupp.
“We just want to be able to get out and not have to worry about catching COVID-19 because we have small grandkids and we want to be around them,” said Diane Schaupp.
The Schaupps said they miss sharing moments with their grandchildren.
“He hasn’t done much in his life yet as far as getting out because he was only born four, five months prior to this whole thing hitting,” said Gary McGrath.
McGrath said he hopes once the rest of his family gets the vaccine, he’ll be able to spend more time with his grandson.
“You are going to be very heavily protected against having any symptomatic infection, and it is basically very close to near impossibl, for you to get severe disease or need hospitalization or die from COVID-19, so these vaccines are really path-breaking,” said infectious disease physician Dr. Amesh Adalja.
Adalja said full protection doesn’t kick in until about two weeks after both doses of the vaccine. He said doctors are still divided on whether someone with the vaccine can still be a carrier and spread the virus to other people.
“It likely is the case that they are somewhat protective. There may be a small chance or a modest chance that could happen,” Adalja said. “You’re not going to see guidance change on masks until we have much more data on what the vaccine does for asymptomatic spread.”
He said the CDC guidance is continually changing as more information the virus and the vaccines continues to emerge.
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