Life After Vaccine


Just get your vaccine? Watch this video to learn what to expect over the next few days.

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Washington’s economy fully opened on June 30. Once you’re fully vaccinated, you can resume a lot of the activities you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. However, even if you’re vaccinated, it’s a good idea to wear a mask in public indoor settings to reduce the spread of the Delta variant.

People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings, like grocery stores. This includes children over the age of 2. COVID-19 can still spread among unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people.

Masks are not required outdoors. Unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings such as sporting events, fairs and concerts.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after you get your second shot if you had to get two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after you get a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

Once you’re fully vaccinated, you:

Can visit another household without physical distancing or wearing masks.

  Can travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test. And you don’t need to quarantine.

  Do not need to quarantine or get tested after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 if you have no symptoms.

  Should treat your vaccination paper card like a birth certificate or other official document! Take a photo of it and then store it at home. In the future, you may need to prove you’re vaccinated against COVID-19. Even now, many businesses are offering perks to vaccinated people.

  Should keep an official proof of vaccination with you. See examples here: Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination (PDF)

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Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you should still:

  • Respect the rules of the room.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel recommendations.

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If you’re not fully vaccinated yet:

  • Find a COVID-19 vaccine!
  • Wear a well-fitted mask in all public indoor settings and in crowded outdoor settings, like sporting events.
  • Keep gatherings small and outdoors or indoors with the windows open.
  • Wear masks and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart if you’re gathering with other people who are not yet vaccinated.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing symptoms or know you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Continue to avoid travel unless it is essential. If you do travel, get tested for COVID-19 before and after traveling and quarantine for seven days after traveling.