As restrictions ease through the BC Restart Plan
, it is natural to feel anxious about a return to normal. You may have questions about what this means for you as a transplant recipient.
- Continue to follow any measures recommended by public health.
- Continue to follow the hygiene practices that help protect you from many common infections, as well as COVID-19: wash hands, regularly clean high-touch surfaces, avoid touching your face and stay away from others who are sick.
There is limited data that suggests vaccine immune responses are lower for transplant recipients. The safest choice is to continue to physically distance, meet in areas with good ventilation (e.g. outside), wear a mask, and keep your social circle to a small number of fully vaccinated people.
You will have to assess your own level of risk tolerance for choosing activities and interactions beyond this. For example:
- You will need to decide when and how to expand social contacts, and whether you know their vaccination status
- Though masks are no longer required in public indoor settings, you might choose to continue to wear one.
- You might choose to gather with a wider social circle outdoors rather than indoors.
What is the level of vaccination in your community? When more people are vaccinated, less virus will circulate in the community, and the risk may be lower for everyone.
What is the level of vaccination among your social circle? If your friends, family and close contacts are fully vaccinated, this reduces your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
How much COVID-19 is circulating in your community? The less COVID-19 is circulating, the lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Can you make the activity safer? Your risk is lower when:
- You are outdoors with fewer people; and/or
- You have shorter contact time with physical distancing; and/or
- Your social contacts are also fully vaccinated.
The highest risk is when you have prolonged, close contact without masks in poorly ventilated spaces and/or with people who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.