UPDATE: CDC guidance on vaccination and mask wearing – and when you can now go mask-free

May 13, 2021
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By Regence

People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without a mask for most activities indoors and outdoors, according to new guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have been fully vaccinated—considered as two weeks after your single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson), or your second dose of a two-dose series (Moderna and Pfizer)—the CDC says you can resume activities you took part in before the pandemic, except where required by law or business and workplace guidance.

The CDC also said fully vaccinated people can travel in the United States without being tested for COVID-19 and they do not have to quarantine after travel. However, federal regulations still require masks when traveling by air, rail or bus, and when on federal property. Check your state and local health departments for the latest safety protocols in your area.

Regence encourages you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others. Your state health department will be your best source of information about where you can get vaccinated. Or you can visit vaccinefinder.org

Vaccinations are covered at no cost under most health plans. You can find more information about coverage for COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment at regence.com.