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CDC’s Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Adults


CDC released its first set of recommendations for fully vaccinated people on March 8, 2021. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of COVID-19, how many people in the community have been vaccinated, and new data on COVID-19 vaccines as they become available.

Who does this new guidance apply to? 

This guidance applies to people outside of healthcare settings who are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (For related information for healthcare settings, including guidance for healthcare personnel and patients or residents in healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.

How do you know if you’re fully vaccinated? 

You are considered fully vaccinated if: 

  • It’s been at least 2 weeks since your SECOND dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or 
  • It’s been at least 2 weeks since your Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine, which only needs 1 dose. 

Check your vaccination card if you’re not sure which vaccine you received. 

If you’re fully vaccinated, what does this mean for you?

  • You can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you do not have any symptoms, you do not have to quarantine or get a COVID-19 test.

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, some recommendations haven’t changed at this time:

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