I got the COVID-19 vaccine. What can I do safely?
You can enjoy the small gatherings again, but you should still wear the mask and social distancing in public.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people can congregate without masks with other people who have been vaccinated indoors. He also says you can meet unvaccinated people from one household at a time, if those people are considered to be at low risk of contracting severe COVID-19. In other countries, guidelines may differ.
In public places, the CDC recommends that people who have been vaccinated continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay away from others.
A person is considered to have been fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of the vaccine.
Guidance on other activities of vaccinated people remains cautious. The CDC still discourages non-essential travel, for example, and has not yet made a recommendation about going to restaurants or other places.
The CDC expects to update the guidance to allow more activities as infections decrease and vaccinations increase.
One of the reasons to be awake after getting a single dose of a two-dose vaccine, Dr Joshua Lapier, director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, said: Infection during partial protection creates the possibility for the virus to mutate.
Associated Press medical writer Mike Staub contributed to this report.
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