After the vaccine, do we still follow COVID-19 rules?
COVID-19 Update for March 17, 2021
Over the past two weeks, Musqueam vaccinated over 900 community members.
hay ce:p q̓ə (thank you) to our amazing health department and Vancouver Coastal Health staff that worked hard to vaccinate so many of our community members in just two days.
This is a very exciting time for our community, but please remember that the vaccine doesn’t provide 100% immunity against COVID-19. If you’ve been vaccinated, you can still potentially contract and transmit the virus, especially initially while immunity is building.
COVID-19 guidelines still followed
It takes about two weeks for the first dose to develop significant protection against COVID-19, and even after that there is a small chance you can infect others.
We all must remain focused on minimizing opportunities for the virus to transmit. That means we need to follow the same COVID-19 rules we’ve gotten so familiar with this past year.
Please, continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a mask in public, and maintain a safe distance from people outside of your household.
The First Nations Health Authority’s COVID-19 FAQs has trusted COVID-19 information specifically for First Nations.
The FNHA says that public health officials “don’t know how long the vaccine will last or how well it prevents us from transmitting COVID-19 to others, even if we don’t have symptoms. To stop the spread of the virus, enough people need to be immune either through natural infection or immunization.”
Same health orders in place
Earlier this month, BC loosened restrictions so up to 10 people can now safely gather outdoors. Indoor gathering are still restricted to your immediate household only. These guidelines apply whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.
The end is in sight, but we can’t lose our dedication to protecting one another, including our loved ones who have not yet been vaccinated. Let’s keep working together to keep #MusqueamStrong.