Fully Vaccinated vs. Partially Vaccinated: What Are The New Rules & Things You Should Know About Your Vaccination Status

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting ill. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated are able to do things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic such as seeing friends, going out to restaurants and travelling.

This short guide will inform you on what it means to be vaccinated how you can go back to participating in your favourite activities safely.

Fully Vaccinated vs Partially Vaccinated

What does double vaccinated or fully vaccinated mean?

Those who have had two doses of a certified coronavirus vaccine are considered to be fully vaccinated if it has been 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Oxford Astrazeneca vaccines or it has been 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

What does partially vaccinated or not fully vaccinated mean?

Those who are partially vaccinated have only had a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine. It is recommended that those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions until they are fully vaccinated.

Do you have to get vaccinated?

Whether or not you choose to get vaccinated is a personal choice, however, it is recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation) that those who are eligible should take both doses of a certified coronavirus vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the coronavirus if you are exposed to it — including coronavirus variants such as delta. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, getting the vaccine is a powerful step in taking charge of your health. When given as directed, the FDA-authorised vaccines can prevent severe illness and death.

Travel and Vaccinations

Can I travel if I’m fully vaccinated?

For most countries, travel is permitted if it has been two weeks since your second dose of a certified coronavirus vaccine. The rules and regulations surrounding travel will depend on the country of destination you are travelling to. The most up to date information can be found on the UK government website.

Will I need to quarantine after international travel?

The regulations around quarantine when you arrive in a country outside of the UK will depend on the country’s quarantine requirements – details of this can be found on both the UK government and your country of destination official website.

Whether or not you need to quarantine upon arrival to the UK now depends on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving to the UK no longer need to quarantine, instead, they are required to take a mandatory PCR test on or before Day 2 of their arrival to the UK.

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival to the UK. They are also required to take the mandatory tests on or before day 2 of their arrival and on or after day 8 of their arrival to the country

Is it safe to see my loved ones if I’m fully vaccinated?

After getting a coronavirus disease vaccine, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that it is OK for fully vaccinated people to return to doing activities that they might not have been able to do because of the pandemic. This includes visiting friends and family in person whilst taking all the reccomnended precautions.

Can I go to bars and restaurants if I’m fully vaccinated?

Yes. While it is now safer for fully vaccinated people to socialise and dine out, bars tend to be riskier, as alcohol can affect people’s ability to follow COVID-19 safety protocols. It’s safest to go to bars where there is outdoor seating and lots of room between tables. If you go to a bar, it is recommended to maintain social distancing when possible.

Can I go back to the office if I’m fully vaccinated?

Most workplaces in England have re-opened their offices, with some implementing a 50/50 work from home and the office split. It is recommended that those who go back to the office maintain a safe distance from others and use hand sanitiser regularly.

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