The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Danbury this week.

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Hearst Connecticut Media has reported that 1,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered to Danbury Hospital and to other Nuvance hospitals, which include Yale-New Haven, Hartford Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center.

Hospital staff can expect to be vaccinated at least 24 hours after the vaccine arrives. Hartford Hospital received its shipment on Monday. This past Friday, the FDA approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use.

The Moderna vaccine follows Pfizer's heels, but they still need approval from the FDA, which is also expected this week. Both vaccines require two doses to work effectively. By the end of January, approximately 225,775 people will most likely receive both doses of the vaccine.

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Many people have been asking questions about what happens after you've been given both doses. The most often asked question is: "If I get vaccinated, can I go back to life as normal?

The answer is NO, not just yet. According to the CDC, studies of the new vaccines only measured whether people who got the vaccine developed symptoms, not whether they became infected.

After you've received both doses of the vaccines, the CDC highly recommends continued mask-wearing and social distancing. On the website npr.org, the CDC stated,

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change masking and social distancing recommendations.

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