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Fully vaccinated? 3 key things you can do

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Fully vaccinated? 3 key things you can do

Has it been at least two weeks since your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Congratulations! You’re among millions of Americans who are fully vaccinated against the disease.
According to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can return to many of your pre-pandemic activities.
Not vaccinated yet? Anyone 12 and older is eligible, and there’s no out-of-pocket cost. Learn more by going here.
Here are three important things fully vaccinated people can now do safely, according to the latest CDC guidelines.

Go maskless

Fully vaccinated people can leave their masks off, except where required by law or by a business or workplace guidance.
That means private businesses and organizations can require you to mask up, so be prepared to respectfully oblige. Also, all travelers are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.
Otherwise, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can generally stop wearing a mask in public!

Get close

Fully vaccinated people do not need to follow social distancing guidelines around other people, opening the door for a return to sports and other activities that involve close contact with others.
That also means it’s also OK to give your grandchildren a big – and long overdue – hug or have a cup of coffee indoors around a small table with friends.
Keep in mind, however, that unvaccinated people from different households should still social distance and wear masks when around each other to help protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Get out and go

Fully vaccinated people are free to get out and travel again. As noted above, you will still need to wear a mask on public transportation as well as in airports and train and bus stations.
However, fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before or after travel in the U.S., and there’s no need to quarantine afterward.
Requirements are a bit different when traveling abroad. If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test for the outbound leg — unless your destination requires it. You may also have to show your vaccination card to enter another country, so keep it safe! Be sure to check with the situation at your international destination before leaving the U.S.
When you return from another country, fully vaccinated people can can skip quarantine, but you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding your plane back to the U.S. You should also still get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after you get back.

A path to normalcy

Bottom line: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can do many of the things you stopped because of the pandemic. Still, it’s a good idea to keep that mask handy and recognize we all still need to take some precautions, such as wearing masks on public transportation, to help put this pandemic behind us. Also keep in mind that if you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected against COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated. So be sure to talk to your health care provider about the precautions you may need to continue taking.

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