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I’ve Got the COVID-19 Vaccine, Now What Can I Do?

Mar 16 2021

So, you’ve gotten the vaccine—great news! You’ve taken a big step to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.

We know that other safety steps—such as masking, handwashing and distancing—are effective and important to continue in certain situations. However, getting the vaccine may give you some more flexibility on how you can interact with other vaccinated people while keeping everyone safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new guidelines last week for fully vaccinated people. People are considered fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed since their final COVID-19 vaccine. For example, if you’ve received a two-dose vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech), you’re fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose. If you received a single-dose vaccine (such as Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), you’re fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your single dose.

Things you can do if you’re fully vaccinated

  • When you visit other people who have also been fully vaccinated, you can safely be indoors without wearing a mask or distancing.
  • When you visit unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, you can be indoors without wearing a mask or distancing.
  • If you are exposed to someone else who has COVID-19, you can forgo quarantine and testing if you have no symptoms.

What you should keep doing, even if you’re vaccinated

For now, it is recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to:

  • Take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask, distancing and other prevention measures when
    • in public.
    • visiting with unvaccinated people who have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 or have a household member who is.
    • visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
  • Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance from your employer.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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