The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose of a 2-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 2 weeks after receiving a single-dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  

In non-healthcare settings, fully vaccinated individuals can visit with other fully vaccinated people, as well as with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. Additionally, these individuals can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic, as the risk of infection is low.

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Certain practices should continue even if a person is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. These include taking precautions (ie, wearing masks and physical distancing) in public, with those at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease, and when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households at the same time.

Regardless of vaccination status, medium and large sized in-person gatherings should still be avoided. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals should get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The full guidance can be found on the CDC website.


Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 8, 2021.

This article originally appeared on MPR