Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask if I've Been Vaccinated?

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Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask if I've Been Vaccinated?
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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated outdoor/indoor mask and face covering guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. This is good news as it demonstrates that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at reducing the risk of contracting the virus or experiencing severe symptoms from the virus.

To be “fully vaccinated,” it means that at least two weeks have passed since a person has completed their vaccine series (this means two weeks after receiving the second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson).

The new guidelines allow fully vaccinated people to be without masks outdoors unless they are in a crowded environment, such as at a sporting event, concert or parade. Mask-free activities for fully vaccinated people include exercising outside, dining outside, or gathering with small groups outdoors.

People who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must continue to wear masks outdoors when around other unvaccinated people, as well as when dining outdoors and at crowded events. 

It is important to know that all people, whether they are vaccinated or not , are advised to wear masks indoors when around other people they do not live with, regardless of the activity.  For more information about local public health orders, guidance, and vaccine distribution in Santa Barbara County, please visit:

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Alexblue May 12, 2021 02:46 PM
Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask if I've Been Vaccinated?

Pit--don't know if you ever watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, but there's an episode where Larry David starts wearing a MAGA hat because he figures out it will keep most people away from him. It's pretty funny.

letmego May 12, 2021 09:21 AM
Do I Still Need to Wear A Mask if I've Been Vaccinated?

I mean, I wore masks 6-12 hours a day at work for decades. It's really no big deal. But...I am starting to wonder where it ends. I see the CDC guidelines, but there are some things missing.

1. Indoors, vaccinated, in a swimming pool, with 6' distance. Obviously, I do not wear a mask when I swim. (No need to give me advice here, I've already started swimming, and it's glorious!)
2. Indoors, vaccinated, in a meeting with a few other fully vaccinated people. I mean, I'm not back at the office yet, but I will be.

What then? Will I have to wear a mask in my office with my officemate (we don't have private offices)...forever? That seems ridiculous, as he's probably going to be fully vaccinated soon if he isn't already.

3. Outdoors, children who are unvaccinated. By all accounts, <1% (is it 0.1%?) of spread has come from outdoor situations. Will kids be wearing masks outdoors (in group situations) forever? Really?

I see that they were trying to cover all the bases, but they missed a few.


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