Vaccines take time to kick in.
While it may feel like a big relief when you walk away from the vaccine clinic, you’re not protected just yet!
All the COVID-19 vaccines currently offered in Canada (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca) give good protection after one dose — as high as 92% in some real-world studies of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines (see tinyurl.com/SUFOneShot). BUT that protection takes time to build.
In the first week after your first dose, your immunity is building and you are less likely to get COVID than if you were unvaccinated. After two weeks, your protection is stronger. But it’s only two weeks after your SECOND dose that you get the full protection from vaccines.
Tag someone who got vaccinated recently to remind them that vaccines take time to kick in!