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What happens after I get vaccinated? Do I still have to follow the State's safety rules and guidelines?

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in New Jersey have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, but even if you get vaccinated, you still need to follow rules and regulations that protect others from getting COVID-19. This includes:

  • Wearing a mask - Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public spaces, and anywhere that you cannot keep 6 feet of distance from another person. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Keeping a social distance - Keep six feet between yourself and others whenever possible and avoid crowded areas.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

It's important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.

Scientists are still studying whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus -- even if you don't get sick yourself.

The combination of COVID-19 vaccination and continued precautions to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

NOTE: Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months do NOT need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic. However, there are exceptions for individuals living in high-risk congregate care settings. For more information, see NJ DOH's reommended minimum quarantine time frames.

In addition, under the State's travel advisory, individuals no longer need to quarantine or get tested before/after domestic travel if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months unless otherwise required by their destination.