After the Vaccine
While the vaccine will prevent you from getting sick, scientists are still learning how well you can prevent the virus from spreading. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Continue to adhere to safety measures including wearing a mask, maintaining 6ft social distance and washing your hands frequently.
After you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after shot for 1-dose vaccine Johnson & Johnson or 2 weeks after 2nd shot of 2-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna), you can visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with other fully vaccinated people of any age, as long as no one is at increased risk for severe COVID-19. You may also gather indoors without a mask with unvaccinated people from one household, as long as no one in that household is at increased risk for serious COVID-19 illness.
In public, you should continue to wear a face mask and socially distance, as you may be around or interacting with unvaccinated people or people who might be at higher risk from serious COVID-19 illness. You should also still avoid large gatherings, such as with more than one household. Continue to wash your hands as necessary.
You can read more guidance hereopens PDF file for fully vaccinated people.
If you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the 2nd dose for Moderna and Pfizer, 2 weeks after the only shot for J&J), you do not need to get tested or self-quarantine upon arrival in Los Angeles. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you still need to self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival to LA County from out of state or country. (April 5, 2021, LA County Advisory)
From CDC: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens are required to have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before they travel to the U.S. or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the U.S. (April 8, 2021)
Quarantine Periods After You’ve Been Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated and you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you do not have symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested (unless you live in a group setting like a correctional or detention facility or group home; if you work at a non-healthcare congregate setting or other high-density workplace (e.g., meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants) you should get tested after an exposure).
You should monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and continue to use protection measures for yourself and others. If you are fully vaccinated and have COVID-19 symptoms, you should isolate yourself from others, contact your healthcare provider, and get tested if your healthcare provider asks you to.
Source: LA County Department of Health, CDC
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