Life After Vaccine

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

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As of August 18, 2021, masks are required in public indoor settings for everyone over the age of 2. This includes people who are fully vaccinated.

Masks are not required outdoors. While not required, it's strongly recommended to also wear masks in crowded outdoor settings such as sporting events, fairs, concerts and farmers markets.

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

  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 on the Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Verification page.

  Should put a reminder on your calendar to get your booster dose when you become eligible: six months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, please visit our “Vaccine Booster Doses” page.

  Add WA Verify to your smartphone.

Gathering Safely Once Vaccinated >>

 

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

  • Respect the rules of the room.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask in all public indoor settings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel recommendations.
  • Add WA Notify to your smartphone to alert you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and anonymously alert others if you test positive. WA Notify is completely private and doesn't know who you are or track where you go.
  • Take the necessary precautionary measures after a possible COVID-19 exposure:
    • If you have not gotten a booster and are 6 months or more out (Moderna/Pfizer) or 2 months out (Johnson & Johnson) from completing your primary vaccine series, quarantine for 5 days following exposure followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
    • If you got your booster, you do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but you should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

Life After Vaccine FAQs >>

If you’re not fully vaccinated yet:

  • Find a no-cost COVID-19 vaccine near you!
  • 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.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Be sure to also get tested at day 5 after exposure.
  • 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.
  • Add WA Notify to your smartphone to alert you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and anonymously alert others if you test positive. WA Notify is completely private and doesn't know who you are or track where you go.