Fully Vaccinated: Do's and Don'ts

Fully Vaccinated: Do's and Don'ts

As more people have been or are in the process of getting vaccinated, many are wondering what changes after they're fully vaccinated - what should they do and not do?

The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, which is good for preventing disease and severe illness.  For those who have been fully vaccinated, there are some things you can do more safely. The CDC has come out with guidance for things people can do if they are fully vaccinated. This will continue to change/evolve as more people continue to get vaccinated.

What's changed if you've been vaccinated

Guidance for the general public.

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. 
  • You do not need to do campus surveillance testing as long as you are vaccinated, have uploaded your vaccine records in eTang, and have had one COVID test at a campus testing site.

It's important to note that having had COVID-19 and having recovered is not the same thing as being fully vaccinated. The above guidelines apply to those who have been fully vaccinated.

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What's changed if you live in congregate living

Including on-campus housing.

For those living in congregate housing, including students living in on-campus housing, even if you have been vaccinated you should still continue to:

  • Follow local public health ordinances such as wearing a face-covering or physical distancing and continue washing hands frequently. (If you live on campus, you should wear a face-covering that covers both the nose and mouth unless you are inside your room, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or eating).

What hasn't changed if you've been vaccinated

Guidance for now.

You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in some situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart. Take these precautions when you are: