By Stephanie Innes, Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic
The COVID-19 vaccine represents big progress against the new coronavirus pandemic, but health experts say even people who are fully vaccinated should still take some precautions, at least for now.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday lifted all COVID-19 business restrictions, but public health advice calls for continued mitigation measures. That’s largely because one of the most important scientific questions about the vaccine is still unsettled — whether or not a vaccinated person can get infected and pass the virus to someone who isn’t vaccinated.
Until more is known about how vaccines will affect the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, there are still some limitations, even for people who are vaccinated. The virus is still in circulation and as of Thursday, only about one in six Arizonans was fully immunized with either two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people who have been fully vaccinated should keep taking precautions in public places. Those precautions include wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
Other CDC recommendations for people who have been fully vaccinated: