May 12, 2021

Guidance for People Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19

In April, the CDC released interim public health recommendations for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC continues to monitor the status of COVID-19, including community spread and the number of individuals vaccinated, and will modify this guidance as needed.


Who is considered fully vaccinated?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if more than two weeks have passed since they received a second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (Pfizer, Moderna), or more than two weeks have passed after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson).

Interim Recommendations

The following recommendations are intended for the general public, not workplaces.


Fully Vaccinated People Can

    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or socially distancing.
    • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.
    • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in crowded settings and venues.
    • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
    • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
    • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
    • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
    • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible.

Fully Vaccinated People Should Continue To

    • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask.
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at an increased risk for serious disease.
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
    • Avoid large indoor in-person gatherings.
    • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
    • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

View the Full Guidance

For more information and to view the full list of recommendations, visit the CDC website. The webpage offers additional information on:


Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).