It’s hard to believe after being so constrained in our physical activities for over a year, that once fully vaccinated, we can once again take part with others in activities that bring us together. Just think of all the things you have been waiting to do — family get-togethers, meeting with friends, traveling, and so much more.
Masks No Longer Required for Anyone Fully Vaccinated
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for so many. Working from home, not being able to go to school, or out to our favorite restaurants and social events, has put a real damper on our lives.
But as of May 13, the CDC has announced that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Fully vaccinated individuals …
- Can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, except where required by federal, state, or local rules and regulations, including local business and workplace requirements.
- Do not need to stay away from others or get tested for COVID-19 unless symptoms appear. When traveling in the United States do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- Those traveling outside the United States need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling.
- You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
- You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
- You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
- You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
It’s Easy to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Our Area
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. The vaccine also reduces the risk of people spreading COVID-19.
Getting a vaccine shot in the Greater Lafayette is easy. In Indiana those 12 years old and older are now eligible. Contact one of our local pharmacies, IU Health or Saint Francis Medical Centers to schedule an appointment for your vaccine shot. It’s fast, it’s easy and it will allow you to get back out and start enjoying your life again.