According to the most recent guidelines, trusted source from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can safely resume many of the activities you weren’t able to do before.
However, there are situations where you still need to mask yourself.
Here’s what you need to know about when, where, and why you may need to keep wearing a mask.
To know if you have been fully vaccinated, it is important to know what type of vaccine you have received.
For vaccines such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are given in two doses, you are expected to be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving the second dose.
For the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is given in a single dose, you are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after you received that dose.
Until you complete the required 2-week waiting period, you will not be considered fully vaccinated and you should continue to follow all precautions, including wearing a mask.
It is also important to note that if you have a medical condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you are not considered fully protected even if you have been fully vaccinated. In that case, you should continue to wear a mask in all situations.
If you are unsure whether you fit this description, talk to your doctor.