Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines)
  • 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected

Benefits of Vaccination

New guidance from the CDC on March 8th says fully vaccinated individuals can do the following:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated and been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

  • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

New guidance from the CDC on April 2nd regarding travel:

  • Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States

Continued Precautions

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease  or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Sources

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
CDC Travel Guidance

 

Updated: April 14, 2021

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