Can I stop wearing a mask and following public health protocols if I am vaccinated?

If you are vaccinated, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic. However, to maximize protection from variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others, it is recommended to wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission, even if you are vaccinated. Some cities, counties and businesses may require the use of a mask regardless of vaccination status. 

Please see CDC's guidance for When You've Been Fully Vaccinated.



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1. Can I get a booster shot of the COVID vaccine?
2. Will the COVID vaccines protect me from variants like Omicron?
3. How soon after having COVID can I get vaccinated?
4. Why should I get vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19?
5. What do I do if I lose my vaccine card?
6. Can I stop wearing a mask and following public health protocols if I am vaccinated?
7. After getting vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine after possible exposures?
8. Can I still catch COVID after being vaccinated? Can I still spread COVID after being vaccinated?
9. After I’ve gotten vaccinated, how long will it take to get immunity?
10. Will I still be protected if I only get one dose? Why is important to get the second dose?
11. Will I have to get vaccinated for COVID-19 every year, like the flu? How long is the vaccine effective at protecting me?
12. If I get symptoms shortly after I’ve been vaccinated, should I get tested?
13. What is community immunity or herd immunity? How many people need to get vaccinated to develop community immunity from COVID-19?
14. Are the vaccines effective against variants?