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Been Vaccinated? What You Should (And Shouldn't) Do

Been Vaccinated? What You Should (And Shouldn't) Do

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Apr 26, 2021

Updated Nov 17, 2023

5 min read

Been Vaccinated? What You Should (And Shouldn't) Do

For more information and to find a vaccine near you, visit SCLHealth.org/COVIDVaccine

So you’re fully vaxed? Nice work. We’re proud of you for doing your part in keeping yourself and others safe. But before you book a vacation and plan a party, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the CDC’s latest recommendations for life after the vaccine.

First: safety check. Being “fully vaccinated” means that it's been two weeks after your second shot in a two-dose series like Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. That two-week waiting period gives your body enough time to build up COVID-19 antibodies - those amazing, infection-fighting heroes who make sure you have a healthy immune response if you come in contact with the virus. Still feeling good about your fully-vaxed status? Let’s talk about the things you can safely do and where you still might want to exercise caution. 

When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

Vax Update 400

Download and print: What You Can Do Once You Have Been Fully Vaccinated

Further Information From The CDC:

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

Fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

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