COVID-19 Vaccine Information

After You Get Vaccinated

If you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations. You’ve done your part to help your entire community leave COVID behind. Another bonus? You can also benefit from the CDC’s latest guidance for people who’ve been fully vaccinated.

CDC guidance

The latest guidance reinforces that COVID-19 vaccines are key to driving our return to normal and long-term recovery. It’s important to note that you must still follow state and local rules and regulations, along with business and workplace requirements.

Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, the CDC says you can:

  • Resume activities without wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance
  • Refrain from testing, if you don’t show symptoms, after exposure to COVID-19 (in most cases)

If you  travel, you should 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.

People are considered fully vaccinated...

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

Want to get vaccinated?

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet and need help finding a vaccination site near you, please visit www.vaccines.gov.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

For most people, side effects from the vaccine are minimal and go away in a day or two. If you’re feeling especially tired or have a mild fever—don’t worry—these are common side effects. For more helpful tips on treating the side effects of the COVID vaccine, check out the CDC’s Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Read our recent article, “4 Things to Do After You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine,” for post-vaccine tips and advice as things slowly return to normal.

According to the CDC, most routine tests or procedures should be fine to schedule before or after getting your vaccination but check with your doctor to be sure.

Learn more about their guidance

V-safe—After Vaccination Health Checker

Download the CDC’s V-safe app to report any side effects, receive health check-ins and get alerts for your second vaccine dose.