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If I get vaccinated, can I return to my normal activities without precautions?

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Not entirely, at least not yet. In guidance for the fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people “no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance,” except in health care settings, correctional facilities and homeless shelters. The CDC also noted that its guidance does not apply in settings where masks and social distancing are “required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” The CDC also continues to require face masks “on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.”

The CDC said that “a growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.” Research on the extent of vaccine protection is ongoing. No vaccine is 100% effective.