According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, those who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus may skip the quarantine time if they are exposed to someone with the virus. This is only if the vaccinated person has received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

As stated on the CDC’s webpage, “Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.”

They then added, “Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria.”

The criteria set by the CDC include: 

  • A completely vaccinated person must have had both doses with a minimum of two weeks having been passed since their second shot.
  • There is a chance that the vaccine protection could wear off after 3 months, so if an exposed person has had their shot 3+ months ago they should quarantine when exposed.
  • A vaccinated person should also quarantine if they experience symptoms 

“This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation,” said the CDC.