Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

The Do’s and Don’ts After Getting Fully Vaccinated

Updated May 1, 2021

Mississippi is maintaining great momentum in vaccination rates. As of April 30, 1,694,332 total doses have been administered in our state. 949,833 (29% of our state's population) Mississippians have received at least one dose and 788,078 (24%) people are fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna or 2 weeks after receiving one dose of Johnson & Johnson. Vaccines have been proven effective at protecting individuals from getting sick, but research is still underway to help determine how vaccines will affect the spread of the virus.

According to the CDC, guidance and recommendations have changed for fully vaccinated individuals. However, several recommendations are still in place for those who have received a full vaccination for COVID-19 as getting vaccinated does not necessarily mean a return to normal just yet. Below is a list in accordance with the CDC that highlights what has changed in safety standards if you are fully vaccinated and what safety standards remain the same.

I have been fully vaccinated…
fully vaccinated individuals
What can I do differently that is considered safe?

You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

considered safe

You may gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one household without masks, unless anyone they live with has an increased risk of developing a severe illness from COVID-19.

considered safe

You are not required to stay away from others if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, unless you develop symptoms or you live in a group home, such as student housing or a nursing home.

considered safe

You can walk, run, hike or bike outdoors alone or with members of your household.

considered safe

You may attend small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends.

considered safe

You can attend small outdoor gatherings with a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

considered safe

You can dine at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households.

considered safe

You can travel domestically and internationally without quarantining after travel.

considered safe
What safety measures do I need to continue implementing?

You should continue to wear a mask in most settings and stay at least 6 feet apart from others in public.

use caution

You should take steps to avoid crowds, medium or large-sized gatherings, and poorly ventilated spaces to help protect yourself and those around you.

use caution

You should continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household.

use caution

You should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, get tested, stay home, and social distance from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

use caution

Research is still underway to help determine how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus and how long the full vaccination can protect people from COVID-19. If an individual has not been fully vaccinated, they should continue to take preventative steps by social distancing, wearing a mask, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and monitoring their health daily. These preventive steps are still important to helping stop the spread of COVID-19 even as vaccines are being distributed. The CDC will continue to provide updated recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated people once more is known and identified in relation to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


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