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Guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

People vaccinated against COVID-19 have an excellent level of protection against COVID-19.

Vaccination plays a key role in getting us back to normalcy

As more and more people are fully vaccinated, life will gradually and slowly return to normal. 

We know that the vaccines protect people from COVID-19 – including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Current knowledge also suggests that the approved vaccines against COVID-19 are instrumental in preventing the spread of infection. On this basis, we can now begin cautiously and gradually to lite some of our infection prevention measures for those who have been fully vaccinated.

However, we do not yet know how long protection lasts. We continue to monitor scientific research closely and adapt our recommendations to the development. Still, for now, we recommend that even people who are vaccinated continue to comply with our general guidance in public spaces. 

Please continue to follow our top six recommendations

  1. Keep a distance of 2 metres whenever possible and always at least 1 metre. Avoid handshakes, kisses on the cheek and hugs.
  2. If you experience symptoms, stay at home and get tested.
  3. Air out, create penetration and avoid being too many together.
  4. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
  5. Remember to wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser.
  6. Clean extra, especially surfaces that many touches.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last injection, regardless of which vaccine you received.

Please bear in mind that even though you have completed vaccination, you should always self-isolate and get tested if you experience symptoms of COVID-19. No vaccine is 100% effective, and therefore there is a slight risk that you may still become infected and ill from COVID-19.

Individual recommendations

1. Recommendations for EVERYONE who has been vaccinated 

The added protection that vaccination gives you:

  • allows you to socialise with other fully vaccinated people without keeping your distance or wearing a face mask
  • allows you to socialise with family or close friends who are not vaccinated without keeping your distance or wearing a face mask. However, this does not apply if the person you are with has not been fully vaccinated and is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • renders self-isolation unnecessary if you are a close contact of someone who is infected, provided, of course, that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. However, you must still get tested if you are a close contact. 
  • Furthermore, you do not need to go for regular testing.
 

2. Recommendations for people at particularly high risk who are fully vaccinated

Vaccination provides added protection and reduces the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Therefore, you do not need to follow the special precautions usually recommended for people at higher risk:

People at higher risk

The additional protection of vaccination allows you to:

  • behave like other fully vaccinated people, and you do not need to take special precautions, for example wear a face mask in private contexts
  • participate in activities where several other people are present, for example attend leisure activities
  • use public transport and go shopping at any time of day
  • return to your usual duties. You no longer have to be reassigned to other tasks. However, you should still not participate in the care or treatment of suspected or confirmed COVID-19-cases, for example in an A&E department or on a COVID-19 ward
  • Furthermore, relatives of someone at higher risk do not have to be reassigned to other tasks – if either the person at higher risk or the relative has been fully vaccinated.
Updated 20 APR 2021