The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that people should, "continue to #WearAMask over your nose and mouth, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands," even after getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
"It's important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions," the CDC said in a statement on January 5.
Dr. Preeti Malani, the University of Michigan's chief health officer, and other medical professionals have outlined five reasons why they say continued mask-wearing and social distancing is important:
- No vaccine is 100% effective.
- Vaccines don't provide immediate protection.
- Vaccines may not prevent you from spreading the virus.
- Masks protect people with compromised immune systems.
- Masks protect against any strain of the coronavirus.