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I’ve heard that once I’m fully vaccinated I can start doing more things safely. When will that be?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated when you have received the most protection from your COVID-19 vaccine.
Those who received two-dose vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, will be fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose. Those who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine will be fully vaccinated two weeks after their dose.
When can I travel like I did before the COVID-19 pandemic?
Once you have been fully vaccinated, travel will be more convenient. The CDC explains that those who have been fully vaccinated can travel within the United States without needing to get tested before or after travel and no longer need to self-quarantine after reaching their destinations.
International travel rules may differ depending on the country you intend to visit. If you are planning such a trip, review that country’s COVID-19 travel regulations.
If you travel to another country by airplane, you will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery before you can return. When you return to the United States, however, you will not need to self-quarantine.
Once I’m fully vaccinated, can I safely visit my friends and family?
Once you have been fully vaccinated, you can safely visit other fully vaccinated friends and family without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart. If you plan to visit unvaccinated people, you must be more careful to ensure their safety.
Make sure that every unvaccinated person is from the same household. Also, that no one from that household has an increased risk for illness from COVID-19, even if such a person is not present.
If any unvaccinated person present is from another household or lives with someone who has increased risk, you must wear a mask and stay six feet apart.
Follow good health habits
Keep an eye out for more answers to your COVID-19 and vaccine questions and remember to follow good health habits in the meantime. To keep it simple, follow the three W’s: wear your masks, wash your hands and watch your distance from others!
To learn more, you can review CDC information about COVID-19 and vaccination.