(2021, March) | Useful for sharing with all members of your staff, families you serve, and community members.


The CDC has just issued guidelines (March 9th) for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These guidelines are exciting and hopeful needs, and are available in English, Spanish, and multiple other languages such as Vietnamese, simplified Chinese, and Korean. (For “other language” versions, use the drop-down menu labeled “Languages” that appears directly under the guidelines’ title.) All versions are accessible at:

Examples from the Guidelines

The vaccines currently available are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what CDC knows about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

For example, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • 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.

What Hasn’t Changed

Certain pre-vaccinations precautions and behaviors are still recommended, even for those who have been fully vaccinated. These include but aren’t limited to still taking steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:

  • In public
  • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
  • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk

You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings and delay domestic and international travel.

To read the guidelines in their entirety, go to: