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Got My Shot. Now What?

The Benefits of Being Vaccinated

As millions of individuals across the U.S. become fully vaccinated, states are starting to see dramatic declines in incidents of COVID-19. This trend supports scientific findings that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. The vaccines also reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
Being fully vaccinated also has additional benefits. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one week after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated 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

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
rev. 5.13.2021