Some good news after more than a year of social distancing and masks: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can safely visit other fully vaccinated individuals indoors and without masks. And, in some circumstances, you can also visit small groups of unvaccinated individuals.
The CDC has released new guidelines to help you figure out when you’re ready and what to consider.
The most important question: How do you know when you’re fully vaccinated? The short answer is two weeks after your last shot. So, two weeks after your single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Or two weeks after the second shot of your two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely get together without masks or social distancing. This includes getting together with unvaccinated people from a single household.
But masks and social distancing should still be used when meeting with unvaccinated people who are at risk for severe COVID. And when meeting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
Even if fully vaccinated, you should continue to wear masks and social distance in public. CDC guidance also suggests avoiding medium and large-sized in-person gatherings.