Despite the pausing of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, “we continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn, so we can begin to safely take steps back to our everyday lives,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said in the recent past. “Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.” So what can and can’t you do after vaccination? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
You CAN Go Inside These Homes
The CDC says you can visit “inside a home or private setting without a mask with other fully vaccinated people of any age” and “you can visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with one household of unvaccinated people who are not at risk for severe illness.”
You CAN Travel Domestically if You Must—Without a Test
You can “travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test,” says the CDC. That said, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said, don’t travel if you don’t need to. He’s vaccinated but not getting on a plane anytime soon.
You CAN Travel Domestically Without Quarantining
The CDC says you can “travel domestically without quarantining after travel.” If you are not vaccinated, “Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.”
You CAN Travel Internationally Without Doing These Two Things
The CDC says you can “travel internationally without a pre-travel test depending on destination” and also “travel internationally without quarantining after travel.” Keep in mind that the country you are going to will have their own rules; check before booking or traveling.
You SHOULD NOT Visit Here
Do not “visit indoors, without a mask, with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19,” warns the CDC. This is because it’s possible you could still transmit the virus even after vaccination. “This is a question of extreme importance,” Dr. Fauci said. “This will help inform science-based decisions about mask use and about social distancing post-vaccination.”
You SHOULD NOT Attend These Places
Do not “attend medium or large gatherings,” says the CDC. If things go right, and enough people are vaccinated, that advice may change by the summer, promises Joe Biden. “What the President was saying is that we traditionally have, at the Fourth of July, the kind of barbecue in the backyard, the kind of things that we treasure as Americans as part of our tradition,” Fauci said. “He was saying we’re going to have that if we do all the things that he mentioned.”
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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.