What can I do once I’m fully vaccinated?

On March 9th, 2021, the CDC updated the guidelines for fully vaccinated people. Here’s your cheat sheet on what’s changed and when you should still wear a mask.

What can I do once vaccinated? 

To start, what is fully vaccinated? This means it’s been two weeks since you received the single dose of J&J vaccine or two weeks since the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

What has changed in the guidelines? If you are fully vaccinated:

  1. You can now gather with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or social distancing.  
  2. You can also gather with unvaccinated people from one other household, if everyone is considered at low-risk. In this case, low-risk refers to people without serious underlying conditions or who don’t regularly interact with unvaccinated vulnerable groups (healthcare workers or staff at long-term care facilities, for example). 
  3. If you learn that you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you no longer need to quarantine or wait until you test negative.

What can’t I do once vaccinated? 

Until more people are fully vaccinated, mask-wearing and social distancing in public spaces (like the park, bus, or grocery store) are required. Travel is still recommended only for essential trips, but if you do fly, masks are still mandated on the airplane and in the airport. 

Large gatherings and gathering with unvaccinated people from multiple households are still not recommended. Fully vaccinated people at events like concerts, sports games, or religious services still must adhere to statewide mandates. 

In the meantime, encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Check out your state’s current eligibility phase here

Last update: March 19, 2021, 6:34pm ET

Science review: JAB, ERS