Fully vaccinated Nebraskans can loosen COVID-19 restrictions

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 9:59 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Center for Disease Control just made an announcement with new guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated.

They’re now saying people can relax their precautions two weeks after getting their final shot. This means they can be around other vaccinated people without having to wear a mask.

Recommendation before Monday was that everyone continue precautions, but as medical experts learn more about both the virus and the vaccine that has now changed.

“What we’ve learned thus far is that the vaccine protects us from getting seriously ill, going to the hospital or even possibly passing after having caught the COVID-19,” Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson told Local4 News. “What we’re finding now too that we didn’t know before is that if you’ve been vaccinated it’s highly unlikely that you’ll carry the virus and spread it to others.”

People do need to wait the full two weeks after their last shot to give the vaccine time to do its job.

“A lot of times when people get that first dose they might feel a little bit achey then they feel normal again,” Anderson said. “The second dose is designed to boost that first dose reaction to increase the immunity a person has. With that second dose, it takes about two weeks to be fully immunized and have that full immunity.”

Experts say as more and more people get those vaccinations, the closer we get to returning to some sense of normalcy.

“This is good. This is a bright spot in the pandemic,” Anderson said. “This is where we should stop and say thank you. We’re going to get through this. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing. With patience and persistence, we’re going to get to the other side of this pandemic. "

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