CDC: What you can do once fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for people that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Have you been fully vaccinated?

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

New Mexico Vaccine Registration Website:

  • 1-855-600-3453
  • Press option 0 to Register for Vaccine or General Questions
  • Press option 4 for tech support

What you can do if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

According to the CDC:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • 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 or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What you still need to do even if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

Even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, the CDC advises:

  • Wearing a mask, stay at least 6-feet apart from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
  • Delay traveling.
  • Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19.  If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.

What we know and are still learning about COVID-19

  • At this time, we know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19.
    • We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against COVID-19. According to the CDC, early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • We know that wearing a mask, staying 6-feet apart from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • At this time, it’s still unclear how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.
  • It is unclear how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

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