When You Are Fully Vaccinated
Health officials detail what it means to be fully vaccinated and recommendations for what to do before and after you are fully vaccinated.
Who is Considered Fully Vaccinated
According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2-weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2-weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
If it has been less than two-weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, health officials remind you that you are not fully protected and recommend that you continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.
What to Do One Fully Vaccinated
Here are the recommendations from health officials on what to do after you’ve been vaccinated.
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- 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.
- 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.
- However, if you live in a group setting 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 should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
- In public
- Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
- Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
- You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
Also see this visual guide from King County.
Source: CDC's "When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated”