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.”
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).”
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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