More than 44 million Americans have received at least their first dose of covid vaccine, according to the CDC, and as that number goes up so do questions about when it will be safe to return to regular activities people participated in before the pandemic..
Americans are anxious to get back to some aspects of normal life but Dr. William Schaffner, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says it won't happen overnight.
"Vaccines are not a suit of armor, but they are getting us closer to the finish line", said Schaffner.
So what changes and when? Schaffner says start small and slow, perhaps expanding your bubble to include other vaccinated people..
"So two older couples, both everybody completely vaccinated, could get together and do so with relative safety", Schaffner said, "Especially if, in addition to being vaccinated, both couples had been very meticulous about masking and social distancing."
He advises significantly more caution in environments that attract larger crowds, like indoor restaurants, churches and gyms. He also says that practice is even more important if not everyone in your household is vaccinated or you live with anyone considered high-risk..
"The vaccines are very effective 95%. But I didn't say 100%, so you still want to protect yourself", said Schaffner, "And the other thing is, we still don't know whether these vaccines protect against infection, could you be infected and still pass this virus to other persons? We don't know that."
And he adds, until the country achieves herd immunity keep masking, distancing and washing hands.
"Let's all be careful for ourselves and for each other," Schaffner said.
Since the first vaccinations began to be administered in the middle of December, the number of shots given out has continued to ramp up. Right now, about a million and half people are getting vaccinated every day. It is now expected that every eligible American who wants to be vaccinated will be by this August..