As more and more people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s important to recognize that we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to coronavirus risks. Even those who have received full vaccine doses (2 shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) should still exercise caution in public areas, including mask wearing and social distancing. However, there are some measures you can lighten up on once you’ve gotten your shots. Continue reading for a closer look at the CDC’s recommendations.
What’s Okay If You’re Vaccinated?
Now still isn’t the time to host large gatherings or parties, but small groups of fully vaccinated individuals may gather in private settings without a mask. So, if you and other relatives have had the vaccine and waited at least two weeks since your last dose, it’s okay to get together in someone’s home or another private area. You may also visit with one household of people in a private setting if they have not yet been vaccinated but have a low risk for severe illness. Travel is also much easier for vaccinated individuals, as you can forego most pre- and post-travel quarantine requirements for domestic and international trips.
What Should Wait?
In public settings, nothing should really change dramatically. Because many people still have not received the vaccine and there are still plenty of new cases and mutations of the virus popping up, it’s important to mask up in public spaces. Medium and large gatherings should continue to be put on hold as well. Now is the time to catch up with close friends and family in intimate settings rather than plan large social events.
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