Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

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As more people become vaccinated for COVID-19, Holy Cross Health would like to share some guidance for safely congregating while we wait for herd immunity here in the US. 

First, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Here’s what you can start doing if you’re fully vaccinated: 

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • 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. (However, if you live in a group setting and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms). 

Important: It’s important that everyone – including fully vaccinated individuals – continue to take precautions to protect themselves and others until new cases go down to low levels, and we learn more about how effective the vaccines are against variants, how well the vaccines keep people from spreading the disease and how long vaccines can protect people.