COVID-19: After You Are Fully Vaccinated

Two young adults and one older adult smilingCOVID-19 vaccination is effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start safely doing many of the things Wisconsinites have missed during the pandemic, like gathering with friends and family. Being fully vaccinated does more than make you feel safe 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 COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated can protect people around you.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more.
  • None of the COVID-19 vaccines can make you sick with COVID-19 or make you test positive on a viral test (PCR or antigen).
  • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. offer protection against most variants of SARS-CoV-2.
  • 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 get back to doing the things you love safely indoors or outdoors without wearing a mask or physically distancing, in most settings.
  • You do not need to get tested or quarantine if you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 as long as you are asymptomatic. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, isolate from others, contact your doctor health care provider, and get tested.

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What you should still do

  • Everyone, even if you’re fully vaccinated, should continue to wear masks in:
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Follow recommendations for domestic and international travel.

Activity guidance

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.

Until you are fully vaccinated:

  • 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.
  • Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces when possible.
  • See the CDC website for more guidance on choosing safer activities.

Fully vaccinated households

If everyone in your household is vaccinated, you can get back to doing many of the things you may have missed during the pandemic, indoors or outdoors without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

Partially or unvaccinated households

Maybe you or those you live with are only part of the way through the vaccination process or you live with someone who cannot yet receive a COVID-19 vaccine, like young children. In that case, it’s important to understand the risks for the people around you and continue to take reasonable safety steps to protect others until everyone is fully vaccinated.

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