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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 individuals can meet indoors without masks or social distancing with other fully vaccinated people two weeks after receiving their last vaccine dose. And the fully vaccinated can also have such visits with unvaccinated people who are at low-risk of contracting severe COVID-19, provided the unvaccinated are from a single household. The fully vaccinated also can forgo using a mask outdoors, as long as it’s not crowded or an event with a high percentage of unvaccinated people. When visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from more than one household or in public settings, the fully vaccinated should wear masks and remain physically distanced from others. The CDC also advised against attending large indoor gatherings.

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.