Island Senior: I’m Vaccinated, Now What?

Posted April 18, 2021 at 5:30 am by

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae.

It’s been a lit­tle con­fus­ing late­ly. Just as some of us have had our vac­cines and giv­en them a few weeks to sink in, San Juan Island has expe­ri­enced a surge in pos­i­tive Covid cases.

Accord­ing to San Juan Coun­ty Health San Juan Island is cur­rent­ly mon­i­tor­ing 12 pos­i­tive cas­es. Of these cas­es, nine relate to a recent school ath­let­ics-based out­break. More than 100 islanders are now in quarantine.

Our local con­tact trac­ing team has been hard at work and hope­ful­ly between their efforts and the coop­er­a­tion of the many islanders who answered a high vol­ume of ques­tions the dis­ease has been contained.

It could be a few weeks though before we know if this was an iso­lat­ed out­break or if spring break trav­els and relaxed pre­cau­tions will lead to more sim­i­lar outbreaks.

Then there are the new vari­ants of the dis­ease. They spread more eas­i­ly and, again accord­ing to SJCoun­ty Health, “Like­ly the new vari­ants are here or will be soon.” In oth­er words, we don’t know but we’d best pro­ceed on the side of caution.

All signs say to remain vig­i­lant and cau­tious but again, what about those of us who have had the vac­cine? Accord­ing to the CDC, Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention:

Ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple can:

  • Vis­it with oth­er ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple indoors with­out wear­ing masks or phys­i­cal distancing
  • Vis­it with unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple from a sin­gle house­hold who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 dis­ease indoors with­out wear­ing masks or phys­i­cal distancing
  • Refrain from quar­an­tine and test­ing fol­low­ing a known expo­sure if asymptomatic
  • Resume domes­tic trav­el and refrain from test­ing before or after trav­el or self-quar­an­tine after travel.
  • Refrain from test­ing before leav­ing the Unit­ed States for inter­na­tion­al trav­el (unless required by the des­ti­na­tion) and refrain from self-quar­an­tine after arriv­ing back in the Unit­ed States.

For now, ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple should con­tin­ue to:

  • Take pre­cau­tions in pub­lic like wear­ing a well-fit­ted mask and phys­i­cal distancing
  • Wear masks, prac­tice phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, and adhere to oth­er pre­ven­tion mea­sures when vis­it­ing with unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 dis­ease or who have an unvac­ci­nat­ed house­hold mem­ber who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, main­tain phys­i­cal dis­tance, and prac­tice oth­er pre­ven­tion mea­sures when vis­it­ing with unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple from mul­ti­ple households
  • Avoid medi­um- and large-sized in-per­son gatherings
  • Get test­ed if expe­ri­enc­ing COVID-19 symp­toms
  • Fol­low guid­ance issued by indi­vid­ual employers
  • Fol­low CDC and health depart­ment trav­el require­ments and recommendations

As they say, “We are not out of the woods yet.” Keep your masks handy. Mean­while, enjoy small din­ner par­ties and big bear hugs with your fel­low vac­ci­nat­ed friends!

Link to: San Juan Coun­ty Health
Link to: CDC Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention

You can support the San Juan Update by doing business with our loyal advertisers, and by making a one-time contribution or a recurring donation.

No comments yet. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By submitting a comment you grant the San Juan Update a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate, irrelevant and contentious comments may not be published at an admin's discretion. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared.

Receive new post updates: Entries (RSS)
Receive followup comments updates: RSS 2.0