CDC Interim Guidelines for People Vaccinated for COVID 19

April, 2021 - Summary for NVC

Q: I’ve gotten my COVID Vaccination!—What does that mean for me?

A: Congratulations! Being COVID-vaccinated means you are very unlikely to get the COVID infection or to pass it on to other people. For those rare folks who do get an infection after being vaccinated, cases are usually mild.

Q: What if I haven’t been vaccinated. Am I eligible?

A: All residents of California aged 16 and up are now eligible for vaccination. The vaccine is free. You do not have to be a citizen, and you do not have to be documented. Vaccine registration information is never shared with immigration officials.

To make an appointment for vaccination, go to Napa County’s Public Health website: for current guidance.

Q: What counts as fully vaccinated?

A: To be fully vaccinated, you must have received 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and be at least 2 weeks past the final dose. That’s because it takes a while for your antibodies to build up. 

Q: Once I am fully vaccinated, I can party-hearty right?

A: SLOW DOWN! It is not quite back to normal, even for those who have been vaccinated. Vaccinations are not perfect. You still have a small chance of contracting COVID, or of passing the disease along to someone else, even if you do not develop symptoms. As long as COVID is epidemic in the community, some precautions still need to be taken.

Q: OK – what can I safely do once I’m vaccinated?

A: You can visit in small groups, indoors or outdoors, without social distancing where everyone is vaccinated. Vaccinated people should still avoid medium- and large-sized gatherings. (Note: guidelines do not define medium” and “large-sized.”)

You can also visit non-vaccinated people from one household, as long as none of the un-vaccinated people are at high risk.


vaccinated grandparents could visit unvaccinated grandchildren, as long as the grand children are healthy and low risk.

a vaccinated person visiting with a non-vaccinated friend who has diabetes should continue using COVID precautions (masking and social distancing).

You can travel safely within the United States. You do not need to be COVID tested before you travel, unless the place you are traveling to requires it. You do not need to be COVID tested or quarantine upon return from travels anywhere in the world.

If you are exposed to COVID, You do not need to be quarantined or tested. However, after an exposure you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and isolate/get tested if symptoms develop.

Q: That’s all good news! What precautions are still advised for vaccinated people?

A: Vaccinated people are still advised to mask and socially distance in public places. This includes NVC! Remember that corridors, hallways, lobbies, bathrooms, etc. inside of buildings are considered public places. So is the outdoors, if you are unable to distance yourself 6 feet from others. You should still follow COVID masking and distancing precautions when interacting with the public, for example serving a student at a counter.

Vaccinated people should still mask, physically distance, etc., if in the company of unvaccinated people from multiple households.

Vaccinated people should self-isolate and be evaluated/tested if they develop COVID-like symptoms.


Feel free to contact the COVID Response Coordinators, Chief Amber Wade (707) 256-7770 or Nancy Tamarisk (707) 256-7780 if you have any questions about these guidelines or other NVC COVID precautionary measures.