A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose, according to the CDC.
The change in course comes after enough studies began showing the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 for individuals who have received any of the three vaccines currently approved for use in the United States is “minimal.”
The guidance also states fully vaccinated individuals can travel both domestically and internationally without testing for COVID-19 beforehand or quarantining unless required by a foreign country.
Those with compromised immune systems should consult with a doctor before making a decision about mask use, according to the CDC.
Masks may still be required in some settings such as airports, public transportation, hospitals, doctors’ offices and homeless shelters, the guidance states. Individuals should follow mask and social distancing guidelines required by local governments or businesses, the guidance states.
Fully vaccinated individuals also do not need to test for the virus but should monitor for 14 symptoms for 14 days after an exposure, the guidance states.