Carl Bradford’s life got upended by the pandemic.
The Vacaville, California, artist lost chances to exhibit at galleries. He’s been unable to see his far-flung family or go to the gym. The 65-year-old steps out to volunteer with his church’s food pantry but stays carefully masked and distanced.
He’s also just had his second COVID-19 vaccine dose. So is he ready to resume his old life, maybe hop on a plane to see his children and grandchildren?
“Everybody’s trying to stay smart,” he said. The family made a pact: They won’t get together until they get the official all-clear from health experts.
And the official word is: Once you’re vaccinated, sit tight a while longer. Things will be better soon, experts say. But vaccination is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
“It would be lovely to think that that was the case,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist, epidemiologist and chair of the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “But unfortunately, we’re not at the state in the science to understand that we can turn people loose after they’ve gotten both of their vaccinations.”
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