So you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, can you take off your mask for good? According to the physicians NEXSTAR spoke with, the answer is unequivocal no. “You absolutely cannot [stop wearing a mask],” said Dawn Davis, a physician at Mayo Clinic. ‘Faces of COVID’ project tracks those lost during the pandemic
“We want to make sure that you’re not potentially spreading the virus to others and also that you don’t accidentally pick up the virus from someone else.”
Though the vaccine protects you from contracting a severe case of COVID-19, researchers have yet to determine if it also halts transmission, or spreading from person-to-person. Until we know more, public health protocols — wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands — must stay in place.