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

Posted on June 15, 2021
Article written by
Anika Brahmbhatt

As of June 14, 2021, more than 64 percent of Americans had received at least their first vaccination against COVID-19. MyMyelomaTeam 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.

“Received the second vaccine today. So glad that's over,” wrote one member. “Might be able to go to my beloved thrift stores in a couple of weeks.”

Fun With Friends and Family

Many MyMyelomaTeam members are excited for fun activities with friends and family again. “Been pretty busy with my parents,” said one member.

Others are reveling in a return to normal social plans. “Feeling safer in stores now after vaccination,” said one member. “I even visited my sister-in law, who has been vaccinated.”

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 MyMyelomaTeam members get vaccinated, many are taking the earliest opportunity to schedule medical visits, eye appointments, dental exams, and diagnostic tests needed for myeloma monitoring.

Other members are scheduling personal care appointments. “I am going to get my hair cut Saturday and my nails done tomorrow,” one member wrote.

Looking Forward To Travel

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

“At the end of this month, I am going down to the Outer Banks for a few days, then heading down to Florida for a few weeks,” one member wrote. “So looking forward to that.”

Staying Cautious After Vaccination

Members report that they’re continuing to be cautious when socializing. “Going out (masked and fully vaccinated) to enjoy this lovely weather,” 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

MyMyelomaTeam is the social network for people with myeloma and their loved ones. On MyMyelomaTeam, more than 11,000 members come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with others who understand life with myeloma.

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.

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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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