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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now do without it in small groupsor officials said during a joint briefing by the COVID-19 response team from the White House and the CDC on Monday.
You will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you take the second dose of theor vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single dose vaccine. On Monday, 90.4 million vaccine doses had been administered in the US.
What to do if you have been vaccinated
We wish we could tell you that once you are fully vaccinated you can go back to living life like it’s 2019, but we’re not quite there yet. Given that only approxof the US population are fully vaccinated (starting March 8), it will be a while before we can all go to concerts and weddings, visit elderly relatives and return to offices.
If you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, you can hold small gatherings indoors or out for the time being without mask or social distance, but only with other people who are also fully vaccinated. That removes the boundaries of getting together with people from more than two households.
You can now safely visit unvaccinated people from one household as well, as long as no one in that household is at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19 – meaning they don’t have any underlying health conditions or are elderly.
Fully vaccinated people exposed to someone with the virus do not need to be quarantined or tested if they are asymptomatic. However, if they develop symptoms of COVID-19, they should still do both.
What you still can’t do if you’ve been vaccinated
Don’t throw out your face masks just yet. Even if you got the vaccine, you should still wear a mask and social distance in public. The same is true if you are living with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, or if you are visiting an unvaccinated person at risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 or living with a person at risk.
“There are a number of activities that fully vaccinated people can now resume in the privacy of their own homes,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement, as previously reported by The Wall Street Journal. “Everyone – even those who have been vaccinated – should continue with all risk mitigation strategies in public settings.”
Can I travel if I have been vaccinated?
The CDC says you should keep avoiding travel, both nationally and internationally. Travel is still considered a high risk activity and should be avoided whenever possible. If you must travel, you must follow the guidelines of the CDC.
Can I go to weddings, concerts, funerals or other gatherings?
Restrictions on certain types of events and gatherings vary from state to state, province to province, but in general, the CDC urges everyone to avoid medium and large crowds, whether vaccinated or not.
Any event that involves multiple households increases your chances of getting the virus, so the fewer people you get together, the lower your risk. This is especially true in small spaces and environments with poor ventilation, such as movie theaters, hair salons and some workplaces.
What to do if you have not been fully vaccinated
Until you receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, continue to wear a mask around other people outside of your household, socialize, and get tested and quarantined if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for the coronavirus.
These are the same guidelines that have been in effect for nearly a year now, but as more people get vaccinated they will loosen up.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care practitioner if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.