You can again enjoy small gatherings, but you should still wear a mask and socially distance yourself in public.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated people can socialize with other vaccinated people indoors without a mask. It also says you can meet with unvaccinated people from one household at a time if those people are at low risk of severe Covid-19.
In public, the CDC recommends vaccinated people continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay away from others.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
The guidelines on other activities for vaccinated individuals remain cautious. For example, the CDC still advises against unnecessary travel and has not yet made a recommendation to visit restaurants or other locations.
The CDC expects to update the guidelines to allow more activity as infections decrease and vaccinations increase.
One reason to stay vigilant after a dose of a two-dose vaccine: infection with partial protection can lead to a mutation of the virus, said Dr. Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.