Being fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since your single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or since your second dose of the Moderna or Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccines. A recent and sudden rise in cases due to the Delta variant has prompted the CDC to release new guidance for vaccinated individuals, including wearing a mask in specific situation.
- The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Check the transmission rate of the county you live in on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- Get tested 5-7 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (even if you don’t have symptoms) and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
- Testing after an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is especially important if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter, 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.
- 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 healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.