A little more than one in six people in the United States or 15.6% of the population have been fully immunized. Arizona has administered over 3.3 million doses of vaccine, with 29.1% of the population receiving at least one dose of vaccine – Yavapai County is at 29.3%. Federal guidance on post-vaccination is still emerging, but at this point it has been deemed that fully vaccinated people can safely gather with other fully vaccinated people inside without masks is encouraging.
It hasn’t been determined how long the protection given by the existing COVID-19 vaccines lasts, or whether the vaccinated can still transmit the virus to the unvaccinated. Data so far suggests that these vaccines provide meaningful protection against more transmissible variants of the virus, but measures like wearing a mask and keeping a distance from others in public places will remain crucial to stop their spread in the first place.