Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

March 9, 2021

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated



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  • New recommendations from CDC indicate that fully vaccinated individuals can now safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated individuals without wearing a mask, in light of the increasing evidence that vaccinated individuals are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others. In contrast, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals only gather indoors and unmasked with unvaccinated people if they are from only one other household and no one is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • The CDC still recommends taking COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask in public, avoiding gatherings with unvaccinated people from multiple households and other medium to large-sized gatherings, and delaying travel.
  • Following a confirmed COVID-19 exposure, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals must still isolate themselves if they experience symptoms, but do not need to quarantine or be tested if they remain asymptomatic.
  • An individual is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Mar 8, 2021). When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. CDC.