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Health experts: don't ditch your face mask once vaccinated

Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-25 18:14:07-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Thursday morning Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement millions have been waiting for.

“All adults in the state, age 18 and up, will be eligible for the vaccine, beginning Monday April 5th,” he saiid.

On Monday March 29th, adults 40 and older can get vaccinated, too.

Shavon Phipps just received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and says she’s ready to ditch the face mask.

“If they tell me I have to do it at work, then I’ll do it. Otherwise, if I’m immune, then I shouldn’t have to wear a mask,” she said.

Robert Hawkes, the Director of the Physician Assistant Program at Florida Gulf Coast University says, vaccinated people can still transmit COVIID-19. He says keeping the mask on will protect those around you.

“If you were to be with someone who has not received the vaccine, and they weren’t wearing a mask, and you were to cough or to sneeze on them, you could potentially spread the virus to them,” he said.

He added a mask could even lessen the chance of vaccinated people contracting COVID-19.

“A mask is just going to add an additional layer of protection,” he said.

The Governor also announced Walgreens will add 400 additional vaccination sites throughout the state. He says that’s happening within the next few days.