I’m Fully Vaccinated. When, Where, and Why Should I Still Mask Up?
According to the latest guidanceTrusted Source from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can safely resume many of the activities that you were not able to do previously.
However, there are situations when you would still need to mask up.
Here’s what you need to know about when, where, and why you may need to continue to wear a mask.
Who is considered fully vaccinated?
To know whether you’re fully vaccinated, it’s important to know which type of vaccine you received.
For vaccines like the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are given in two doses, you’re considered to be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after you receive the second dose.
For Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which is given in a single dose, you’re considered to be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after you receive that dose.
Until you complete the required 2-week waiting period, you’re not considered to be fully vaccinated and must continue to follow all precautions, including wearing a mask.
It’s also important to note that, if you have any medical condition or are taking any medication that weakens your immune system, you’re not considered to be fully protected even if you’re fully vaccinated. In this case, you need to continue to wear a mask in all situations.
Speak with your physician if you’re unsure whether you fit this description.