New recommendations outline what it’s safe to do.
If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering when you can hug your loved ones and safely participate in routine daily activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released early recommendations on activities with low risk of transmitting the virus for those who are fully vaccinated.
When am I fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the two-dose vaccines, such as the Pfizer and Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson.
If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are not fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
What can I do if I am fully vaccinated?
In private settings (not public or healthcare settings), fully vaccinated people can:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing even after a known exposure if you don’t have any symptoms of the virus.
The CDC recommends fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks and stay physically distanced in public with unvaccinated people, as well as avoid medium and large sized gatherings.
What about hospitals and healthcare offices?
These recommendations do not apply in healthcare settings. All patients, companions or visitors to any UNC Health clinic or facility must comply with UNC Health’s Mask-on Policy and other pandemic precautions.