What can I do after I’ve been fully vaccinated?

We know that with more people getting vaccinated everyone is eager to get back to the people and the moments that they love the most. Based on research, the CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can relax some of their mask wearing and social distancing activities under certain situations. See the CDC’s full set of recommendations.

The CDC’s recommendations do not take the place of restrictions under the Governor’s Executive Order (See 27th Modification to the Executive Order), which states that regardless of vaccination status “Face coverings are not required in an outdoor space open to the public when an individual can maintain at least six (6) feet of social distance between members of separate households, unless otherwise specified.” Updates are expected to reflect changes set for May 21, 2021.

As it related to sports in Delaware, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Athletes participating in high risk sports and activities must wear a face covering at all times.
  • All athletes playing indoors must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Coaches and all staff must wear a face covering at all times. This includes when addressing players or officials on or off the field, when coaching during the game, and during practices, trainings and team meetings.
  • Referees and officials must wear a face covering at all times. Traditional whistles must be replaced with a device that can be used for attention without removing the face covering.
  • Spectators and others must wear a face covering at all times while indoors. Spectators and others must also wear a face covering at all times while outdoors, irrespective of physical distance from members outside their household.
  • All athletes participating in non-high-risk sports outdoors must wear face coverings except when actively engaged in practice or game play while on the field. 

if fully vaccinated, you have options to ease up on mask wearing and social distancing in the home.



What does fully vaccinated mean?

People are considered fully vaccinated:

2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or

2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep wearing face masks, and social distancing in all situations.

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If you’ve been fully vaccinated…

(These recommendations apply only to situations within the home, not at the workplace, in a public setting, or other indoor gathering site)

You don’t have to wear a mask inside a home around other fully vaccinated people.

You don’t have to wear a mask inside a home when visiting with unvaccinated people from one other household (like visiting with relatives who all live together). The exception is if the unvaccinated people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If you are identified as being a close contact of someone with COVID, you don’t have to quarantine or gest tested, unless you have symptoms.

The exception is if you are a close contact and live in a group setting, where CDC says you should stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you are fully vaccinated

If you test positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated, you still need to isolate at home

Travel Recommendations

    • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
    • If you travel internationally, you don’t have to quarantine after travel, but you may have to get a test before travel depending on what the destination requires.
    • CDC Summary of Travel Recommendations for Vaccinated vs. Not Vaccinated


people relaxing at home with face coverings on.

Quick Q&A:

I am fully vaccinated. Do I have to wear a mask around others indoors?

You don’t have to wear a mask inside a home setting around other fully vaccinated people.



Fully vaccinated people should still…

Wear face coverings and social distance in public, work spaces, and other indoor settings.

Wear face coverings and social distance when visiting or being around unvaccinated people from more than one other household.

Avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.

Watch out for symptoms of COVID and get tested if you have them. For a list of testing sites in DE visit de.gov/gettested. If you test positive for COVID-19 whether you have symptoms or not, you should isolate for 10 days from the time of your test or your symptom start date.
figures relaxing with masks on while on a couch

Quick Q&A

When do I still need to wear a mask indoors?

Wear a mask and social distance within your home, when around unvaccinated people from more than one other household and when visiting with an unvaccinated person who is high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.



What we know…

We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, and that prevention steps that help stop the spread of the disease are still important as vaccines are being distributed.

What we’re still learning…

How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.

How well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.

More. Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.

After Being Fully Vaccinated, Please Remember to:

mask wearing

Wear a face covering or mask in public or work settings.

social distancing

Stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

crowded areas

Avoid attending or hosting large gatherings.

I got vaccinated because…

graphic treatment of a written testimonial from Brigitte of New Castle County, Delaware. Testimonial reads: "Brigitte is happy to be back to her EPIC (Endless Possibilities In the Community) exercise program at the Y. Being fully vaccinated means she can see her friends again and return to being part of the community. Brigitte, Newark"
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Bethsaida's vaccination testimonial
Chief Natosha Norwood Carmine COVID-19 vaccine testimonial

Report Vaccination Violations

Submit complaints about a vaccination provider by using this form, if you think they are violating any of these requirements.

Additionally, any health care provider who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes, or who supervises someone who intentionally or willfully provides or distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to any individual who is not authorized to receive such vaccine pursuant to the Vaccination Guidance is guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in Title 24 and may be subject to licensure discipline. Send your complaints to Division of Professional Regulation about this conduct.

Get More COVID Data

For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community