You're fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - now what? Here are the CDC guidelines.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.
The new guidance says that people who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic.
The CDC's guidance says that fully vaccinated people can do the following:
- You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. (In New Jersey, you still need to wear a mask indoors, and where six-foot social distancing is not possible.)
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
- 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 or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- The CDC still recommends that masks be worn in schools.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- 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.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their health care provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.