Four Athens University Medical School professors answer questions about life after COVID-19 vax

Those who have completed their vaccination against COVID-19, whether the two-dose or one version, are less likely to be infected, to come down with a serious case of the virus if they are, and to transmit it to others.

That means that individuals who are vaccinated can gradually resume activities that they were forced to avoid in order to keep themselves and others safe.

Four doctors who are members of the Therapeutics Clinic of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA, photo) - Theodora Psaltopoulou, Panos Malandrakis, Ioannis Ntanasis-Stathopoulos, and Thanos Dimopoulos (Rector, University of Athens) - answer the most common questions that have arisen in the US, where about 40 percent of adults have been vaccinated.

How is full vaccination defined?

Maximum protection from vaccination comes two weeks after the second dose of two-dose vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) and two week after the single-dose vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson. This data concerns healthy individuals. Patients with a weakened immune system due to a disease or due to treatment with medicines should first consult their physician.

Should I wear a mask outdoors?

When someone has completed their vaccination experts say that it is safe for them to walk or exercise outdoors, to participate in small gatherings of people who are vaccinated or not vaccinated, and to eat outdoors without a mask. Nonetheless, it would be best for them to continue to wear a mask even after having been completely vaccinated at events with large gatherings of people, such as concerts.

What should one do in outdoors situations?

In outdoors spaces one could potentially not wear a mask at...

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