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July 13, 2021

What are the benefits of getting vaccinated for COVID-19?

The answers on this site were developed with and vetted by the CDC

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. So far, studies suggest that the currently-authorized vaccines are also effective against variants such as the Delta variant.

Protecting yourself also protects the people around you, like those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those who can’t get vaccinated — including infants, or people with weakened immune systems from things like chemotherapy for cancer.

Another benefit is that once you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can safely resume many activities that you did prior to the pandemic, without having to wear a mask.

More things to know about vaccines (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center)

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What can I do when I’m fully vaccinated?

People who are fully vaccinated can start to safely resume many activities they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

CDC is continuing to update guidelines as more information becomes available, so please visit their website for the latest recommendations.

Choosing Safer Activities (CDC)
Do I still need to wear a mask once I’m fully vaccinated?

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can safely resume many activities without having to wear a mask or stay six feet away from others. Since regulations on mask-wearing differ from place to place, you should check to see what your local governments, businesses, and workplaces currently require.

If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You must still wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

CDC is continuing to update guidelines as more information becomes available, so please visit their website for the latest recommendations.

Choosing Safer Activities (CDC)
I’m not yet fully vaccinated, should I wear a mask?

Yes. It’s best to keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated, which is 2 weeks after your final vaccine dose (2 weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or 2 weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines). Please keep wearing a mask, washing your hands often with soap and water, and staying 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you. Taking these precautions until you are fully vaccinated helps to protect yourself and others.

If you or your child (age 2 and up) are not fully vaccinated, CDC still recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places.

Choosing Safer Activities (CDC)