After the Vacc: What You Can Do

Getting vaccinated is an important step in helping end the pandemic and getting our lives back to normal. Once you are fully vaccinated, you can begin to do things you were not able to before you received your vaccine. However, you may still need to take safety precautions in certain situations.

Do I need to wear a mask and physically distance myself from others?

In most cases, no. On May 16th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance that states fully vaccinated patients can now visit public spaces and socialize, indoors or out, without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Federal, state, and local mask mandates, as well as any workplace or local business rules must still be followed. These updated guidelines do not apply to healthcare settings. 

What activities can I participate in?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart except where required.

Can I travel?

Fully vaccinated people have fewer travel restrictions than unvaccinated people. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to get tested for COVID-19 before or after domestic travel unless required by local ordinance. You also do not need to self-quarantine. Note: Fully vaccinated international travelers DO need to have a negative COVID-19 test result 3-5 days prior to returning to the U.S.