You're vaccinated, so what can you do next? Here's what to know

From when it will take effect, to what you can do if others aren't vaccinated, here's what's next for those who are vaccinated.

Video Transcript

- Cars are lined up as thousands are getting a step closer to getting fully vaccinated.

JAMES MCDEAVITT: I think within the next literally few weeks, we're gonna have adequate vaccine that everybody wants to get vaccinated will be able to get vaccinated.

- Dr. James McDeavitt with Baylor College of Medicine says while getting a vaccine will get easier, once you get your shot, it's not an instant fix. You'll have a couple of weeks before you're fully immune.

JAMES MCDEAVITT: Whatever the last dose is, which is the second dose of Moderna, the second dose of Pfizer, or the J&J dose, from that point forward, you need to wait two weeks. And after about two weeks, you should be fully vaccinated, have all the benefit from the vaccine.

- Once you are fully vaccinated, you still need to wear your mask. Here's why.

- The focus of the vaccine trials was getting to answer the question will this vaccine save lives? And it absolutely will. But they didn't ask the question will this vaccine prevent transmission? And that's what we're doing now. We are doing those studies to see if this vaccine prevents transmission.

- While early data does appear to show vaccinated people are not likely to transmit the virus, we can't say that for sure. The other reason to mask is variants. But there's some good news. Once you're vaccinated and your loved ones are vaccinated too, you can spend time with them again in person with no mask according to the CDC.

JAMES MCDEAVITT: If everybody's been vaccinated, they said that's OK to take your masks off and hug and relax your distancing.

- And if you're vaccinated but others aren't--

JAMES MCDEAVITT: CDC has said for small private gatherings, you can walk down the street and visit people who are not vaccinated if they're in low risk groups.