On February 8, Mesa County Public Health issued the following message to ensure we continue to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The COVID-19 vaccine is a huge step toward ending the pandemic, but mask wearing, social distancing, and other precautions are still necessary at this time. ” 

“The new vaccines will help prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19. However, research is still underway to determine if it will keep you from spreading the virus to others. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.”

“It will take time after the vaccination for your body to respond and make enough antibodies to protect you. This could take up to two weeks after your second dose. Both COVID-19 vaccines now in use require two doses for maximum protection and show approximately 95% efficacy at preventing both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19; however, no vaccine is 100% effective. Until a large majority of people are fully vaccinated, masks and other precautions are important tools to keep you and others from getting sick with or spreading COVID-19.”

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wash your hands often.