COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective at protecting you from severe illness, hospitalization, and death caused by COVID-19. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start doing many of the things Wisconsinites have missed during the pandemic more safely, like gathering with friends and family. Being fully vaccinated does more than make you feel safer around friends, family, and neighbors. It means feeling less stress too, and knowing that you’ve done all you can to protect your health and the lives of all the people around you.
Benefits of getting vaccinated
There are many reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting severely sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated can help protect people around you.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- None of the COVID-19 vaccines will cause you to become sick with COVID-19 or test positive on a viral test (PCR or antigen).
- COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
- COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against variants of SARS-CoV-2 and can help prevent future, possibly more dangerous, variants from developing.
- Vaccination is a safer way to help build protection than getting COVID-19.
What can you do?
You’re considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after you’ve received either a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson, or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna.
- Once you’re fully vaccinated, you can feel safer doing the things you love. In outdoor settings and indoor settings in areas of low or moderate community transmission you can engage in social situations without wearing a mask or practicing physical distancing.&
- You do not need to quarantine if you have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
What you should still do
- Pack a mask when you leave your home. There are some settings where everyone, even if fully vaccinated, should continue to wear masks:
- Health care settings
- K-12 schools, including school buses
- Places where masks are required by local or tribal laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces
- Areas with substantial to high community transmission
- Correctional and detention facilities and homeless shelters
- All forms of public transportation (including planes, buses, and trains) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
- Get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms. You should also wear a mask in public indoor spaces for 14 days following close contact or until you receive a negative test result. If your result is positive, isolate from others.
- Get tested and isolate from others if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Follow recommendations for domestic and international travel.
Your vaccination status—and the status of those around you—can have a big impact on your daily activities. The following guidelines can help you make safe choices during social situations to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Wear a mask when in public.
- Stay at least six feet away from other people when possible.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Stay home when sick.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces when possible.
Access the latest COVID-19 statistics and data, including vaccination distribution rates and how the information is tracked and reported.