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Safety Guidelines for Individuals Who Got the COVID-19 Vaccine

Mar 16 2021

Did you just get the COVID-19 vaccine? That’s great news! You’re protecting yourself and others from getting sick.

It’s good to remember that other tried-and-true safety habits (such as handwashing, masking and distancing) are still effective at protecting people in many circumstances. By getting vaccinated, you now have some more options on how to safely interact with other people who have also gotten the vaccine.

New guidelines posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week give recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated. To be fully vaccinated, that means two weeks have gone by since your final COVID-19 vaccine. So, if you’ve received a vaccine that requires two doses (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech), you’ll be fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot. If you received a vaccine that is a single dose (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), you’ll be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your single shot.

What can I do if I’m fully vaccinated?

  • Visit other people who are fully vaccinated indoors without wearing a mask or practicing physical distancing.
  • Visit unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing a mask or practicing physical distancing.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing after a known exposure if you have no symptoms.

What should I keep doing after I’m vaccinated?

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Avoid in-person gatherings that are medium- and large-sized.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask, practice physical distancing and take other prevention measures when
    • in public.
    • visiting unvaccinated people from multiple households.
    • visiting unvaccinated people who are at a higher risk for getting severe COVID-19 or live in a household with someone who is at high risk.
  • Get a COVID-19 test if experiencing symptoms.
  • Follow travel requirements and recommendations from CDC and health department.
  • Follow your employer’s guidance.

Stay updated on what Bon Secours is doing related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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