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Ask 2: If a person has received the COVID vaccine or has antibodies after recovery, do they still need to wear a mask?

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo, Daisha Graf, 34, pauses for photos wearing a face mask with a message that reads "If you can read this, you're too close," in Los Angeles. Virtually every state is reporting surges in cases and deaths. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo, Daisha Graf, 34, pauses for photos wearing a face mask with a message that reads "If you can read this, you're too close," in Los Angeles. Virtually every state is reporting surges in cases and deaths. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Question: If a person has received the COVID vaccine or has antibodies after recovery, do they still need to wear a mask?

Answer: Despite the approved Moderna and Pfizer vaccines offering about 95% efficacy at preventing serious illness, those who get vaccinated for COVID-19 or have antibodies will need to continue wearing a mask.

Individuals who receive the coronavirus vaccine or have antibodies still pose a small risk of potentially becoming infected without showing symptoms and could silently spread the virus within their communities, according to The New York Times.

According to Harris County Public Health, in order to offer the best protection from COVID-19, the community must wear masks, social distance and wash their hands often, regardless of whether the person is vaccinated.

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