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When are you fully vaccinated from COVID?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD explains how long after getting a COVID vaccine before you are fully protected.

You need to wait two weeks from the last dose of the vaccine. So, if it’s a two-dose vaccine, you have to wait two weeks after the second dose to be fully protected. If it’s a one-dose vaccine, then it’s two weeks after your one dose.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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