Lifestyle & Management
If You Have Been Fully Vaccinated
People who have been fully vaccinated can take part in some activities they did before the pandemic:
- In some cases, you may no longer have to wear a mask or distance yourself from others. Check the laws and regulations in your city for specific details.
- If your local area has a high rate of COVID-19 infections, the CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor public spaces even if you are vaccinated. They also recommend that vaccinated people with a weakened immune system should continue wearing a mask for the best protection.
- You can travel within the United States without quarantining or being tested for COVID-19.
Everyone, vaccinated or not, still has to wear a mask while using public transportation, such as buses, trains, and planes (including while in the airport).
How do I know if I am fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving:
- Two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- One dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
NOTE: If you have problems with your immune system, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not have full protection even after receiving the vaccine.
If You Have Not Been Fully Vaccinated
People who have not been fully vaccinated need to take extra precautions to prevent catching or transmitting COVID-19:
- Wear a mask in indoor public areas, such as stores or restaurants.
- Avoid crowded outdoor spaces. If you are in such a space, wear a mask.
- When you are outside your home, keep six feet away from others. If someone in your home is sick, keep six feet away from them until they have recovered.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep an eye out for symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested right away if you develop symptoms.
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for people’s mental health. You may be scared of developing COVID-19, lonely from keeping your distance from others, or have anxiety about the future. Here are some tips for taking good care of your mental health during the pandemic.
- Reduce Isolation. Isolation contributes to loneliness and poor health outcomes, especially for older adults. Experts recommend keeping in touch with the people most important to you, getting outside and keeping physically active, and minimizing exposure to news and other distressing media.
- Manage Stress and Anxiety. You can help reduce your stress and anxiety by connecting with friends and loved ones, taking part in relaxing activities such as exercise or hobbies, and eating well-balanced meals. You may find it helpful to call a hotline or join support groups (which should have virtual options for attending) if your stress levels keep increasing. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if your stress and anxiety make it difficult to perform your daily activities.
Last Updated August 2021