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For The LGBTQ Community, What’s The Risk Of Going Out Without A Mask After The Vaccine? 

Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, Infectious disease physician and chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine said “You should still wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated. After two weeks, you definitely have built the immunity you need and definitely is much safer than it was prior.”

As more people become vaccinated, the LGBTQ community is wondering about the risks of getting sick with COVID-19. We asked the experts, what’s the risk of going outside without a mask after the vaccine? Their take: The risk of contracting COVID-19 is medium for the first two weeks. Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, Infectious disease physician and chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine said “You should still wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated. After two weeks, you definitely have built the immunity you need and definitely is much safer than it was prior.” Katie Cary, assistant vice president of infection prevention for HCA said “If you’re going outside for a walk where you still have some distance between you and anyone else, the risks would still be low if you’re outside. But in a highly crowded area, then the risk would rise”.

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