What you can do when you’re fully vaccinated

April 28, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines play a key role in ending the pandemic and helping us get back to normalcy. We can end this pandemic together. Get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Millions of people who are fully vaccinated can safely enjoy time together indoors without wearing masks. Everyone in the United States age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others.

If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

What you can start to do

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. Do pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • 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 – unless you live in a group setting.

Keep doing

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, keep:

  • Wearing a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps whenever you are:
  • Avoiding indoor large gatherings.
  • Wearing a mask on planes and public transportation, and in airports and stations.
  • Watching out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home and away from others.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine as soon as you can. We will end this pandemic together.

See more details and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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