Post-vaccine information

Potential side-effects

The COVID-19 vaccines stimulate a strong immune response that may cause mild and temporary symptoms in many individuals for 1-3 days. These are normal signs that your body is building protection:

  • pain and swelling at the injection site
  • fever   
  • fatigue
  • chills
  • headaches
  • muscle aches           
  • nausea

Once you are fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather with others, indoors or outdoors, without masking or physical distancing. 
  • You are not required to quarantine or get tested following a known exposure, as long as you don't have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You can travel domestically without pre- or post-travel testing or self-quarantine.
  • You should still get tested if you experience COVID-19 symptoms.

You are considered fully protected two weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, this means two weeks after the second dose. For the Janssen (J&J) vaccine, this means two weeks after the single dose.

Click here for the CDC's complete recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals.