With three new potential Covid vaccines on the way and two more awaiting FDA approval, state and federal officials alike have begun announcing their distribution plans. And while the reason for optimism is definitely valid, many US citizens are already beginning to wonder, “Will I still have to wear a mask after being vaccinated?”
According to Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in NYC, Dr. Dyan Hes:
- Eventually we won't, but I think until we know that this vaccine is working, we are going to have to wear a mask.
- We don't have the clinical trials to show that the people who are vaccinated are not shedding the virus — they might not be getting sick, but they might still be shedding if they had it.
- People are going to think this vaccine is like a pass, like you're going to have a passport that you're vaccinated and that’s not the case (at least in the beginning)
Named Top Doctor by New York Magazine, Dr. Dyan Hes is Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City and a Director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is Board Certified in both pediatrics and obesity medicine, and practices both in her New York office. In addition, she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Hes completed her residency in Social Pediatrics at New York’s Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. Prior to founding Gramercy Pediatrics, she maintained a large primary care practice within Park Slope Pediatrics in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, she developed and served as Director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at New York Methodist Hospital. In conjunction with the Park Slope YMCA, Dr. Hes created the Be Fit program for overweight children. Since its inception, the program has served as a successful model for collaboration between hospitals and community centers nationwide. Dyan Hes on Fox News