COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Fully vaccinated population: 176 million
Total US population: 331 million

Booster Vaccinations for the Immunocompromised

According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume 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 travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
  • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • You may still contract the virus as a result of a "breakthrough" infection. The available vaccines, in more than 90% of cases studied, protect an individual from severe illness, hospitalization and death (depending on other health factors and pre-existing co-morbidities).

Q: I’m vaccinated but just tested positive for coronavirus. What should I do?

A: Fully vaccinated people should not visit private or public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

It is possible a person could be infected just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. After a person is fully vaccinated — two weeks after their final dose — there is reduced risk of spreading Covid-19, the CDC says. Research shows vaccinated people who still get breakthrough infections have less detectable virus (viral load) than unvaccinated people who get infected.

Q: I’m not feeling well, but I’ve already been vaccinated. Should I get tested for coronavirus?

If you think you might have Covid-19 symptoms, get tested regardless of your vaccination status.

Q: Do we need Covid-19 vaccine booster shots?

A: Booster shots are being made available for Americans who are considered immunocompromised. Boosters shots for all others who wish to receive them are expected to be more widely available in September.
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