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Coronavirus

I got my COVID vaccine in Maryland. Now what?

With more than 2 million shots of the coronavirus vaccine in Marylanders’ arms, some restrictions for people who’ve been inoculated are being lifted.

Maryland has averaged almost 44,000 of the vaccine a day throughout the past week, according to state data. About 800,000 people, or 13% of the state’s population, have been fully vaccinated.

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Here’s what you can do if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

When am I considered ‘fully vaccinated’?

If more than two weeks have passed since you received the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, you are considered fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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If I’m vaccinated, what changes?

The CDC says those who are fully vaccinated can gather with other people who have been vaccinated without wearing masks or social distancing.

Vaccinated people can also safely visit unvaccinated people indoors from a single household who are at low risk for COVID-19 without wearing masks or social distancing.

If you’ve been jabbed, it’s not necessary to quarantine and be tested after possible exposure unless you’re symptomatic.

Do I still need to wear a mask in public?

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Yes. Masks should still be worn, according to the CDC. .

What about social distancing?

Yes again, the CDC says.

But I thought the CDC said there are some cases where we don’t have to do those things?

There are. But those are isolated situations. People who are vaccinated need to still wear masks and socially distance in public and with unvaccinated people to continue slowing the spread of the virus.

How do I prove I’ve been vaccinated?

After receiving the vaccine, you should have gotten a white CDC vaccination card from the provider.

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What happens if I didn’t get a vaccination card or lost it?

The CDC recommends you take a photo of your vaccination card to ensure you have a backup.

Additionally, you can log on to Maryland MyIR an online state database where providers log immunization records, to print a copy of the vaccine certificate.


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