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Life After COVID-19 Vaccination: What Are MyNarcolepsyTeam Members Doing Now That They’re Vaccinated?

Written by Anika Brahmbhatt
Posted on June 15, 2021

As of June 14, 2021, more than 64 percent of Americans had received at least their first vaccination against COVID-19. MyNarcolepsyTeam members who have been vaccinated are eagerly sharing their hopes and plans now that vaccination has lowered their risk for experiencing serious illness from the potentially deadly virus.

“I've had both of my shots,” one member wrote. “Don't be afraid of the vaccine, be afraid of the disease. If enough people get vaccinated, COVID-19 will go the way of smallpox and polio, just a bad memory.”

Fun With Friends and Family

Many MyNarcolepsyTeam members are excited for fun activities with friends and family again. Others are reveling in a return to normal social plans.

“Shared my day with my daughter,” wrote one member. “We did DoorDash and Instacart. I didn't fall asleep. Made it home safely after a good dinner — ice cream afterwards.”

Still others are nervous about socializing again after being quarantined for a year — and that’s normal, experts say.

“Reentering society and socializing again is going to be a process,” wrote author Clay Drinko, Ph.D., in March. “Just like adjusting to pandemic life last year, this new transition is going to have its ups and downs. Instead of having unreasonably high expectations (I’m going to host a block party and be the belle of the ball), try to take it one step at a time and be curious about how each new interaction affects you (I'm going to try to talk to the neighbor and just see how it goes).”

Medical Appointments and Personal Care

About half of American adults have delayed or skipped some aspect of medical or dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. As MyNarcolepsyTeam members get vaccinated, many are taking the earliest opportunity to schedule medical visits, eye appointments, dental exams, and diagnostic tests needed for narcolepsy monitoring.

“Awesome news … this Friday, I go to my doctor's visit,” shared one member.

Other members are scheduling appointments for personal care visits. “Got a haircut and blow dry, had take-out tacos,” one MyNarcolepsyTeam member said.

Looking Forward To Travel

As travel restrictions lift and more people are vaccinated, some MyNarcolepsyTeam members are beginning to look forward to their first vacations in more than a year.

“My day is going great!” one member wrote. “On Friday, I got back from spending a week in St. Croix. It was an amazing trip. I had such an awesome time with family and friends.”

Staying Cautious After Vaccination

Members report that they’re continuing to be cautious when socializing, and finding safe ways to get out of the house. “Took a long drive today — it was a wonderful day!” shared one member.

Even after you are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends continuing to take precautions such as:

  • Wearing masks
  • Staying six feet apart from others in public spaces
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated public spaces

Ensuring that you continue to prioritize your safety can help ease your mind as you get back into the swing of post-vaccine life, wrote psychologist Marina Harris, Ph.D., in May. “By following guidelines and associated protocols, combined with the vaccine, you’re being as safe as you can possibly be.”

Local health authorities may have additional guidelines in place for your state or county. Be sure to check what’s permitted before planning activities.

Talk With Others Who Understand

MyNarcolepsyTeam is the social network for people with narcolepsy and their loved ones. On MyNarcolepsyTeam, more than 6,000 members come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with others who understand life with narcolepsy.

Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19? Are you making plans now that your risk for infection is lower? Share your experience in the comments below, or start a conversation by posting on your Activities page.

Posted on June 15, 2021
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Anika Brahmbhatt is an undergraduate student at Boston University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in media science and psychology. Learn more about her here

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