Well being officers say what’s protected to do over the vacation depends upon your vaccination standing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Doctors at Jefferson County Health Department said they don’t expect a big spike in cases from the holidays as long as everyone is careful.

“The first thing I would think of is ‘What is my vaccination status?'” Said Dr. David Hicks of the Jefferson County Health Department. “We still want people to have fun, so I’m definitely not suggesting that people don’t go out and socialize. Just look at your personal vaccination status and that should determine what you do. “

Hicks said gatherings with everyone fully vaccinated were not very worrying, but large public events where there was a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people were worrying.

“If I was not vaccinated, I wouldn’t think about going into large crowds and mingling because you’re at high risk,” Hicks said. “If you are fully vaccinated, I think you should feel comfortable taking a higher risk.”

Dr. Hicks said indoor events are less safe because of different strains of COVID-19 floating around.

“You’re in mixed company, you don’t know people’s vaccination status, and a lot of people stay outdoors as much as possible,” Hicks said.

Dr. Hicks said that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people should take precautions on this holiday, but the only thing you need is a mask in public if you haven’t been injected.

“If you go out in public you should wear a mask if you haven’t been vaccinated,” he said. “When you are fully vaccinated, don’t wear a mask unless you are more comfortable wearing one.”

Dr. Hicks said another tip to stay safe on this vacation is to sanitize surfaces and wash your hands frequently.

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