CDC Says You No Longer Need to Do These Things After Vaccination
After a year of being forced to avoid all of your favorite people, places, and things, you have finally been fully vaccinated with one of the three— Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson—vaccines. So, what precautionary measures can you ditch now that you have some immunity against the virus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines revealing all the things you no longer have to do now that you are vaccinated. "Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic," the CDC writes in their guidance. Read on to find out what you can do—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
First Of All, When Are You Considered Fully Vaccinated?
Per the CDC, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks post a single-dose vaccine, like 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. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated," they warn.
You Don't Have to Wear a Mask Around Others Who Are Vaccinated
If you and your friends and family have been vaccinated, you no longer need to mask up around them. "You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask," says the CDC.
You Don't Have to Take Precaution Around Your Grandchildren
If there are people in your family or close friend group that haven't been vaccinated, you no longer need to avoid them. "You can 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," the CDC says.
You Don't Have to Quarantine If You Are Exposed to COVID
Even if you are exposed to the virus, you aren't required to quarantine. "If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms," the CDC says. "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."
You Don't Have to Get Tested If Exposed to COVID
Unless you develop symptoms, you don't need to get tested if you are exposed to others with the virus.
What You Still Need to Do
Regardless of vaccination status, you still need to follow many of the same guidelines as before. "In public spaces, fully vaccinated people should continue to follow guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a well-fitted mask, physical distancing (at least 6 feet), avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance," the CDC writes.
Do Your Part
So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.