Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Being vaccinated also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get infected. So far, studies suggest that the vaccines authorized by the FDA are also effective against variants such as the Delta variant.
Protecting yourself protects those around you, such as people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. It also protects those who can’t get vaccinated, including infants, or people with immune systems weakened by things like chemotherapy for cancer.
- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated (CDC)
If you’re fully vaccinated you can start safely doing many activities again. However, the more contagious Delta variant is spreading across the United States. Health experts are encouraging all people to wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of “substantial or high transmission”. Wearing a mask in places with higher potential transmission will protect you against the Delta variant and prevent you from possibly spreading it to others.
If you or someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is not yet vaccinated, or is at increased risk for severe disease, consider continuing to wear a mask anytime you’re around people outside your household. This is regardless of your vaccination status or the level of transmission in your area.
You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance. CDC is continuing to update guidelines as more information becomes available. Visit their website for the latest recommendations.
- Choosing Safer Activities (CDC)
Yes, it’s best to keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. You’ll be fully protected 2 weeks after your final vaccine dose, meaning 2 weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or 2 weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. In the meantime, keep wearing a mask, washing your hands often with soap and water, and staying 6 feet away from others. Taking these precautions until you are fully vaccinated helps to protect everyone.