STATEWIDE — As more and more people get vaccinated, you may be wondering who around you has received the COVID-19 vaccine.
But is it OK to ask other people about their vaccination status?
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, well over a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered throughout the state.
Angela Fileccia, director of Acadia Hospital’s Healthy Life Resources, said Maine’s vaccination efforts have not gone unnoticed.
“Maine is in a really good position”, said Fileccia. “We are actually No. 1 in the people we got vaccinated.”
You may be wondering who has received their vaccine but is it appropriate to ask people that?
“I had a great vaccination experience. My husband is fully vaccinated. My sister is halfway to vaccination. I am happy to share that,” Fileccia said. “But other people may not feel as comfortable and that’s OK. That is their right and their prerogative.”
She said if you feel comfortable sharing information about yourself, that can help open up a conversation.
Some people say it’s entirely situational if they would be willing to disclose.
“If someone were to ask me what my vaccination status is, my question to them would be why do you need to know?” said Brewer resident Lee Ohmart.
He said there are exceptions.
“If I was in a room full of people and I sneezed, which I do from time to time because I have allergies, and somebody asked me ‘Jeez you just sneezed. I could feel the water droplets hitting me’ and they asked me if I’ve been vaccinated against COVID, I would tell them, yeah, you’re OK, Ohmart said.
Other people say it’s appropriate to ask under all circumstances.
While people stand on both sides of the issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made concrete guidelines about what you can do if you have been vaccinated.
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Fileccia said only time will tell what a post-pandemic world could look like, but the one thing you can do to help ask-risk people is to get vaccinated.