COVID-19 vac­cines are effec­tive at pro­tect­ing you from get­ting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vac­cines, peo­ple who have been ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learn­ing how vac­cines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against COVID-19, you should keep tak­ing pre­cau­tions—like wear­ing a mask, stay­ing 6 feet apart from oth­ers, and avoid­ing crowds and poor­ly ven­ti­lat­ed spaces—in pub­lic places until we know more.

These rec­om­men­da­tions can help you make deci­sions about dai­ly activ­i­ties after you are ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed. They are not intend­ed for health­care set­tings.

What You Can Start to Do

If you’ve been ful­ly vaccinated:

  • You can gath­er indoors with ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple with­out wear­ing a mask or stay­ing 6 feet apart.
  • You can gath­er indoors with unvac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple of any age from one oth­er house­hold (for exam­ple, vis­it­ing with rel­a­tives who all live togeth­er) with­out masks or stay­ing 6 feet apart, unless any of those peo­ple or any­one they live with has an increased risk for severe ill­ness from COVID-19.
  • 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 a 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 in a group set­ting (like a cor­rec­tion­al or deten­tion facil­i­ty or group home) and are around some­one who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from oth­ers for 14 days and get test­ed, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What You Should Keep Doing

For now, if you’ve been ful­ly vaccinated:

  • You should still take steps to pro­tect your­self and oth­ers in many sit­u­a­tions, like wear­ing a mask, stay­ing at least 6 feet apart from oth­ers, and avoid­ing crowds and poor­ly ven­ti­lat­ed spaces. Take these pre­cau­tions when­ev­er you are: 
  • You should still avoid medi­um or large-sized gath­er­ings.
  • 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 with­in 3 days of their flight (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.
  • You will still need to fol­low guid­ance at your workplace.

What We Know and What We’re Still Learning

  • We know that COVID-19 vac­cines are effec­tive at pre­vent­ing COVID-19 dis­ease, espe­cial­ly severe ill­ness and death. 
    • We’re still learn­ing how effec­tive the vac­cines are against vari­ants of the virus that caus­es COVID-19. Ear­ly data show the vac­cines may work against some vari­ants but could be less effec­tive against others.
  • We know that oth­er pre­ven­tion steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still impor­tant, even as vac­cines are being distributed. 
    • We’re still learn­ing how well COVID-19 vac­cines keep peo­ple from spread­ing the disease.
    • Ear­ly data show that the vac­cines may help keep peo­ple from spread­ing COVID-19, but we are learn­ing more as more peo­ple get vaccinated.
  • We’re still learn­ing how long COVID-19 vac­cines can pro­tect people.
  • As we know more, CDC will con­tin­ue to update our rec­om­men­da­tions for both vac­ci­nat­ed and unvac­ci­nat­ed people.

Until we know more about those ques­tions, everyone—even peo­ple who’ve had their vaccines—should con­tin­ue tak­ing steps to pro­tect them­selves and oth­ers when recommended.

Orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on CDC.gov