To help break down and clarify the latest CDC guidelines and what they mean for you we have provided a full overview, to be updated as needed to reflect the latest guidance.
What happens if you’re vaccinated?
If you are vaccinated, you can resume activities you did prior to the pandemic. You can resume these activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. If you’re not ready to remove your mask in public places, don’t stress. Ditching your mask when in public places is not a must and you should do it when you feel most comfortable.
If you’re vaccinated and travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless you are a resident or employee of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.
Vaccinations in California
According to the California Department of Public Health, 39% of California residents are fully vaccinated, while another 12% are partially vaccinated. This makes over 50% of California’s population partially vaccinated. While we are still learning how many people need to be vaccinated to be protected from COVID-19, some experts suggest we need to reach at least 70% full vaccination for herd immunity. Herd immunity is when most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, which provides indirect protection—or population immunity—to those who are not immune to the disease.
Now that youth and teens are able to get vaccinated we have even more ability to reach that level of vaccination. If you’re looking for where to get vaccinated, check out our blog, Where to go to get Vaccinated if You’re 12 & Older.
When do you need to wear a mask?
Under the federal guidance, unvaccinated or partly vaccinated people are still asked to wear masks in almost all indoor settings and most outdoor venues when interacting with people from outside their household who may not be vaccinated. While those who are vaccinated may go without a mask when not otherwise required, the state of California has decided to keep its mask mandate in place until June 15, 2021, so within indoor settings outside of one’s home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.