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After your vaccine

After your COVID-19 vaccination

After you've been vaccinated you can safely resume many activities, including gathering indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks.

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What to expect after your shot

Some people experience side effects after being vaccinated, including:

  • Your arm may hurt, or you may have redness or swelling where you got your shot
  • You may be tired or have a headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea

Side effects are normal, and should go away in a few days. You can help health officials learn more about these vaccines by reporting side effects to:

Not everyone will experience side effects. If you don't have side effects after you get your shot, don't worry. The vaccine is still working.

When you are fully vaccinated

It takes time for your body to build protection once you receive your shot. You are considered "fully vaccinated":

  • two weeks after your second shot of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna)
  • two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

If getting a two-dose vaccine, it is essential to get both shots.

After you've been vaccinated

Once you're fully vaccinated, you can:

  • do outdoor activities without a mask, except in crowded settings (live performances, sports events, festivals)
  • visit indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • skip quarantine and testing following a known exposure if you have no symptoms (outside the workplace setting)
  • skip quarantine after travel
  • travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test
  • travel internationally without a pre-travel test (depending on the destination)

You'll need to continue wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing when:

  • outdoors in crowded places (sports events, live performances, festivals)
  • indoors in public places
  • indoors around unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • indoors around unvaccinated people who are at high risk for severe illness

Fully vaccinated people must still get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and follow state and local isolation guidance if they test positive.


Last updated May 5, 2021

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