Fully-vaccinated people can:
- Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.
- You should be considerate of those who cannot or choose not to stop wearing a mask for any reason.
- When you are made aware of unvaccinated individuals with medical conditions that place them at greater risk, we encourage our MC community to don a mask when near them to protect their health.
For now, fully-vaccinated people should continue to:
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
Persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 need not be quarantined if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Like most vaccines, you should expect some soreness and fatigue for up to a day after vaccination, a sign that the body is developing a proper immune response.
- Two vaccinations, 21 to 28 days apart (depending on the type of vaccine), will be required for full effectiveness.
- The slight side effects far outweigh the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
- No, you can NOT catch COVID-19 from the vaccine.
- Research has not shown any major side effects to the vaccine.
- If you have any questions, consult your primary healthcare giver.
- Numerous studies over the last several months have been thoroughly conducted.
- The Mississippi State Department of Health has studied the data since day one.
- COVID-19 vaccine has gone through the same rigorous process for evaluating safety and effectiveness as any other vaccine approved for use by the FDA.
- Persons aged 12 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and over can receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
- Pregnant women and lactating women and those who are immunocompromised may take the vaccine; however, consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended.
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis should consult with their primary healthcare provider prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- You should not take the vaccine if you are allergic to any of its components.
- You should consult with your physician first if you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications.
- For more details, see the Contraindications section of Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine on the CDC website.
- Yes, you can receive the vaccine after testing positive for COVID-19 when certain criteria are met.
- You should wait until the isolation period is over (10 days after the onset of symptoms or 10 days after the test was done if you had no symptoms).
- You should not have a fever, and if you do have symptoms, they should have improved significantly before getting vaccinated.