I am Fully Vaccinated, Now What?
The CDC and CDPH have released guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. This guidance is expected to be updated and expanded based on case rates, proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, as the science on COVID-19 vaccines evolves and as information is analyzed and becomes available.
When is a person considered fully vaccinated?
Full vaccination depends on the type of vaccine you have received.
- If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose.
- If you received Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your first and only dose.
Now that you are fully vaccinated, what can you safely do now according to the CDC/CDPH?
- 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.
- Fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Fully vaccinated people can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
- Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors, except in crowded settings.
- Fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following an exposure as long as they are asymptomatic.
- Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure.
- Fully vaccinated asymptomatic people without an exposure may be exempted from routine screening testing, if feasible.
We are still learning about this virus, and the effectiveness and duration of protection from the vaccines. So, for your safety and the safety of those around you who may not be vaccinated, what should fully vaccinated people continue to do?
- Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask.
- Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors 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 well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
- Avoid indoor 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.
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