Canada’s chief medical officer says masks, distancing remain in play despite COVID vaccinations

Too soon to revise guidelines, but it has been discussed

Many questions have been asked about what happens when the COVID vaccine rollout is complete. Some people are wondering if things can change immediately for them after they’ve had their shot.

Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Theresa Tam, says while revising safety guidelines has been discussed, it’s too soon to be changing anything, ” … for now, the key message is everyone needs to keep up with their personal protective measures which is wearing a mask, hand washing, watching a distance and avoid close crowded conditions.”

Tam expects guidance to evolve as more people get vaccinated. She remains concerned about the spread of Variants of Concern. She added levels of community transmission should factor into “local decisions” on what public health measures need to be put in place or lifted for vaccinated individuals.

Even with the vaccination, you can still be infected and transmit the virus, the difference is you may not be as ill as somebody who wasn’t vaccinated.