Post-Vaccine Guidance

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There have been updates to the CDC recommendation on masking for fully vaccinated people.   The link to the CDC site is:

We are awaiting review by the OHA, and the Governor's office, before updating our guidance. (5.13.2021)

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.   

You may also need to follow quarantine/isolation 
protocols if exposed to a COVID-19 case or if you have symptoms of COVID-19.  Please work with public health contact tracers for guidance specific to your situation.

Graphic of Post Vaccine Guidance


What it means to be Fully Vaccinated

People are considered fully vaccinated:

2 weeks AFTER their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
2 weeks AFTER a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are not yet receiving all the protective benefits of the vaccine. We recommend all community member continue  prevention steps as we work towards community immunity.  This includes quarantining/isolating if you are sick or exposed to a person with COVID, especially if the exposure was before you reached fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the final dose).

What’s Changed If you’ve been 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 exposed to someone who has COVID-19 AFTER you reach fully vaccinated (2 weeks post final dose), you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • If the exposure was at any time before you reached fully vaccinated you will still need to quarantine for the full 10 or 14 days.  The quarantine does not end when you reach you fully vaccinated date.
    • IF you live or work in a group setting (like a school, group home or detention facility) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you will still need to isolated for 14 days and get tested, even if you are fully vaccinated and even if you don’t have symptoms.

What Hasn’t Changed - For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • In public
    • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
    • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
  • You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

What We Know and What We’re Still Learning

  • We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
    • We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.
    • We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.
    • Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
  • We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

COVID-19 Information -

Resources regarding case counts, vaccines and more (Español tambien).