Fully vaccinated—what you can do safely

COVID-19 –increasing in LA County More and more people are testing positive for COVID-19 in LA County. More people are becoming seriously ill. Many must be hospitalized. Most people who are testing positive, becoming seriously ill, hospitalized and dying in LA County are UNVACCINATED.

New requirement–fully vaccinated and masking indoors Starting Saturday, July 17, the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) began requiring that all people, whether they are fully vaccinated or not, wear a mask when they are in indoor locations, in public places.

Indoor locations The LACDPH is referring to restaurants, stores and markets, and movie theaters.

Why wear a mask? We are less likely to get COVID-19 when others wear a mask. And when we wear a mask, we are less likely to spread it. This includes all forms of COVID-19–the original COVID-19 virus, and all variants, including the Delta Variant.

No symptoms? Some people who spread COVID to others don’t know they have COVID because they have no symptoms. This is called being “asymptomatic.”

New recommendations for people at home? What should fully vaccinated people do at home to stay safe and keep others safe? Keep an eye out for any new recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).

At the moment, fully vaccinated people may still gather indoors at home with unvaccinated people of any age without wearing masks or having to social distance.

Confused? That’s not surprising. Many people are confused, because the guidelines continue to change.

This is because circumstances change, and researchers continue to learn more. We will update the information on this page when new information becomes available.

Fully vaccinated? You are considered fully vaccinated:
• If it’s been 2 weeks or more since your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
• Or if it’s been 2 weeks or more since your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Not fully vaccinated If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated. Continue to follow the guidelines for unvaccinated people until you are fully vaccinated.

Effective Vaccines are extremely effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. But keep in mind that they do not provide 100% protection.

Get vaccinated! Please! If you’re not already vaccinated, get vaccinated! Anyone 12 years old and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here’s how to get vaccinated for free:
• Do you have a computer or smart phone? Visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com to make an appointment.
• If you don’t have a computer or smart phone, or are older than 65, call 1-833-540-0473 for help in making an appointment.
• You can get vaccinated regardless of your immigration status.

Requirements and recommendations If we are fully vaccinated, we can do many things we used to do. But the laws, rules, and regulations are not the same everywhere.

Everyone needs to pay attention to the recommendations and requirements of federal, state and local health agencies. If we go to work, we need to follow the rules there too.

Fully vaccinated people outdoors Fully vaccinated people can visit other people outdoors without wearing a mask.

Fully vaccinated people in large crowds The recommendation has changed. If you are in a crowded setting, such as a sports event, you do not need to wear a mask. But you may prefer to wear a mask.

The CDC The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced its newest guidelines for fully vaccinated people. These guidelines are based on recent research findings. Scientists and researchers are continually learning more. Read the CDC guidelines here.

Staying safe The CDC continues to tell us how to stay safe. Read about this here.

Talking with our doctors It is important for us to talk with our doctors about any symptoms we are experiencing. We also need to talk to our doctors about our concerns. And ask any questions we may have.

Serious health conditions If you have a serious health condition, you are at greater risk. Even if you received the necessary shots, you may not be fully protected. For example: Are you taking medications that weaken your immune system? Do you have diabetes or asthma or fatty liver disease? Scroll down to see a list of serious medical conditions.

Increased risk if we are older Any of us who are in our 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. Even if we are fully vaccinated, we may not be fully protected. In general, as we age our immune systems don’t work as well as they used to.

Older and unvaccinated People aged 60 and above are at even greater risk if they are not vaccinated. Read about unvaccinated seniors here.

Prevent getting sick! If you have a serious health condition, or are older, or both, your doctor may tell you to continue taking all precautions. Read about precautions here.

Staying cautious The recommendations are not as strict as they used to be. But some people have chosen to be more careful anyway. Some avoid large crowds, and they wear a mask in many settings. Some even avoid going to the market. The CDC has these suggestions for coping with daily life.

Delta Variant–a serious problem New forms of the COVID-19 virus are now spreading. One of these forms is called the “Delta Variant.”

Delta Variant–spreads easily The Delta Variant spreads even more easily than the original COVID-19 virus.

People at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 need the rest of us to be more careful around them. This is true whether the person is unvaccinated or vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe illness If you are fully vaccinated, but an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 lives with you, consider not inviting others inside your home. The safest place to visit is outdoors.

If you do decide to visit indoors, it would be best for everyone to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from the others, and keep the doors and windows open.

People at increased risk include:
• Seniors age 65 and above
• Pregnant women
• Current and former smokers
• People who have received an organ or stem cell transplant

Others at increased risk are those dealing with
• Cancer
• Chronic kidney disease
• Chronic lung diseases (asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and others)dea
• Dementia and other neurological conditions
• Diabetes (types 1 and 2)
• Down syndrome
• Heart conditions
• HIV infection
• Weakened immune system
• Liver diseases (fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and others)
• Obesity
• Sickle cell disease

Read more here about people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Can you travel? If you are fully vaccinated, yes, you can travel But be careful! The CDC travel guidelines describe what we can do to be safe.

Read more about safe travel inside and outside the US

• If you are fully vaccinated, and travel within the US, be sure to follow all state and local guidelines.

• If you are fully vaccinated, you probably will not need to get tested before or after you travel. If you travel within the United States, you do not need to get tested or self-quarantine before or after traveling. Some countries do require that you get tested before you leave the United States and/or when you arrive.

• If you are fully vaccinated, you probably will not need to self-quarantine when you travel.

• If you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to travel within the United States, to other countries, and back to the United States. But you will be required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation: buses, trains, planes and ships when you travel inside the country, and when you travel outside the country.

• If you travel internationally, it is best to follow these CDC guidelines.

Read more safe travel tips here.