What Can You Do If You're Fully Vaccinated?

The CDC says fully-vaccinated people may gather without masks.

By Will Kenneally

March 19, 2021

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A screenshot of a March 8, 2021 briefing by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky delivers updated guidance on protocols for fully-vaccinated people during a March 8, 2021 media briefing. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided new guidance in early March for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It noted they can meet with others who are also vaccinated without wearing masks or distancing, as long as they wait two weeks after their final dose for the vaccine to take full effect.


This guidance comes as Wisconsin expands on March 22 the pool of people eligible to receive a vaccine to include those with certain conditions that place them at higher risk for severe disease.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also laid out a timeline for when herd immunity is likely in the state. State health officials anticipate everyone over 18 in Wisconsin will be eligible to receive the vaccine by the start of May, with herd immunity — an 80% immunity rate — anticipated by the end of June.

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