Vaccines are important. But you must still practice protocols.
Fully vaccinated? What you should know.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 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.
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
Remember: Vaccinations are not 100% effective. Therefore you must continue to screen each day and if you do not get a GO, then stay home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. Do not come to school with symptoms. Contact HR. Allergy symptoms can be mistaken for COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have been fully vaccinated
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- 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’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
Still more to learn: keep practicing safety protocols
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, but the vaccine may not prevent you from getting a less severe case of COVID-19 or from becoming an asymptomatic carrier.
- Early data shows vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
- Preventative steps to stop the spread are still important, even vaccinated.
- Early data shows that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
- We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people. As we know more, the CDC will continue to update recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.