With that said, the CDC says that, after being fully vaccinated, one can visit without masks in small groups with others who are fully vaccinated and visit with unvaccinated people from a single household if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe COVID-19. However, there are a few caveats because, even with fully vaccinated people, the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection cannot be completely eliminated, and these individuals can potentially still get and spread COVID-19 (CDC, Science Brief 3/8/21).
- People with immunocompromising conditions or other concerns may wish to discuss their individual situation with their doctor, as the immunoprotection afforded by the vaccine may be lower in these individuals.
- If the gathering is medium- or large-sized, everyone present should follow precautions, even if all attendees have been vaccinated.
- If a vaccinated person is visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households, everyone (included fully vaccinated individuals) should take precautions (CDC, Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People 3/8/21).
When in public places, the CDC recommends that even people who have been fully vaccinated should follow precautions, to include wearing a good mask, staying at least 6 feet apart, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, avoiding crowded spaces, and washing your hands often. If dining together, wear a mask when you are not eating (CDC, Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccination).