An infectious disease expert explains what families should know about CDC recommendations for life after vaccination

After a challenging year, many people are hopeful that the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines mean an end is in sight for the pandemic.


"Just past a year of the first cases of COVID-19 in Texas, we already have multiple vaccines available," says Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Director of Infectious Disease at Children's Health℠ and Professor at UT Southwestern. "That is extraordinary. To think a year ago we would be in this position is astonishing."


As more and more people become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering what you can do once you've received your shot. Can you return to life as normal? Not quite yet, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When are you "fully vaccinated"?

It can take time for your body to develop immunity after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You are considered fully vaccinated either:

  • 2 weeks after your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • 2 weeks after your first and only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick from COVID-19. Two weeks after your second dose or only single-dose, you can start to safely change some of your behaviors.

What fully vaccinated families can do at home

The most exciting news is that vaccinated people can start having get-togethers with some friends and family again. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can:

Follow the link as Dr. Kahn explains more about the CDC recommendations and how to make smart choices for your family.


Recommendations for life after vaccination.