Do I Still Have to Quarantine If I Got the Vaccine?

One of the benefits of being fully vaccinated is that you may not be required to quarantine after a potential COVID-19 exposure.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

  1. You must have received both doses of a two shot series.
  2. It must be at least 2 weeks since receiving the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johsnson.
  3. If you are immunocompromised, you may not be considered fully vaccinated after your second dose and should consult with your physician about receiving an additional dose

What are the quarantine guidelines if I’m fully vaccinated?

If you have been fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms after an exposure, then you do not need to quarantine. You should be tested 3-5 days after the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings until you get a negative test result. If you don’t get tested, you should wear a mask indoors for 14 days after your exposure.  You should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure. If you start to have any symptoms, then you should isolate away from others and get tested. Anyone with a positive test must isolate away from others.

What if I live with someone who is high risk or unvaccinated?

You might want to consider masking at home until you receive a negative test result.

What if I have only had one dose of a two dose series or it has been less than 2 weeks?

If you do not meet the criteria of being fully vaccinated, then you should follow the current guidelines to quarantine for 14 days to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

Why can vaccinated people skip quarantine?

The current vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 illness, and breakthrough infections are not common.  Although vaccinated people can get and spread COVID,  the CDC believes that the risk is low enough that vaccinated people with no symptoms can skip quarantine.

Last update: September 24,2021 11:33 AM EST

Science review: BK, ERS, JAB