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COVID-19: Can I ride in a car with my vaccinated friend?

Last Updated May 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm PDT

FILE - Packages of face masks. (CITYNEWS/Tony Fera)

81-year-old Pat, who's received first does of vaccine, has been seeing 77-year-old friend, also vaccinated, outside

Doctor doesn't recommend people get into cars with each other after just one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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One of our listeners — Pat — has had the first dose of the COVID vaccine. The 81-year-old wants to know if it’s safe to ride in a car (while wearing masks) with a 77-year-old friend who also has had one dose of vaccine.

The question notes the two of them have only been seeing each other outside and with very few other people around.


We put Pat’s question to Dr. Stephen Hoption Cann, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, who says he does not recommend it.

He points out we’ve seen a lower immune response to COVID-19 vaccines in elderly people compared with young people.

He adds current guidelines do not recommend any change of behaviour following one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly when infection rates are as high as they are now.

Dr. Hoption Cann adds new, more infectious COVID-19 virus variants are spreading rapidly through the population and it is not fully clear how effective the vaccines will be against them in the long term.

Under current provincial guidelines, British Columbians are urged to avoid gathering with people outside of their households.

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