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    I am now fully vaccinated, what now?

    April 23rd, 2021

    Written By Colin White

    Updated by Linda Wickstrom on April 23rd, 2021

    Based on what the CDC knows about COVID-19 vaccines, they have determined people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

    However, the CDC is still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has published a flyer with Questions & Answers about "Next Steps After You Are Fully Vaccinated". Click link here to view DHS publication.

    What’s Changed

    If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

    • 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.
      • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

    What Hasn’t Changed

    For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

    • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
    • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
    • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
    • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

    More information from the CDC can be found by clicking here.

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