Will I still need to wear a mask after I get vaccinated?

According to the latest direction given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most settings. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, and two weeks after one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC has a helpful chart here that explains which indoor and outdoor activities are in most cases safe to resume without masks once you are beyond that two-week window.

For now, your workplace and certain businesses may continue to require masks. Mask requirements also remain in place for public transportation such as trains, planes, and buses.

If you have any medical conditions or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, the CDC urges you to talk to your doctor before making any changes in activities. Extra safety measures may still be needed to protect you from Covid-19.

Remember to also check state and county health department websites for up-to-date information on the status of mask mandates for fully vaccinated people in your area. Regional officials may take time to implement the CDC's guidelines.

Click here for an interactive state map that will direct you to your state public health department website for more information.

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