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Fully Vaccinated:

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume some of the activities they stopped because of the pandemic.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, or local rules including local business and workplace guidance.
  • Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation in the United States and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Those who have a medical condition or take medications that weaken the immune system should talk to a health care provider to discuss activities. Continuing all precautions to prevent COVID-19 may be advised.

Not Fully Vaccinated:

COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge to all people living in the United States and are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Visit to find vaccination providers.

People who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing a  face covering in all community settings, such as:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and bars
  • Work settings, stations, and other areas where they work in close proximity such as meat and poultry processing workers
  • Limited social gatherings (If possible, hold gatherings outdoors; follow local guidance and adhere to group size limits)
  • Religious services
  • Exercise facilities (Gyms, yoga studios)
  • Airplanes, rideshares and taxis, trains, buses, subways

To optimize a face covering’s ability to reduce COVID-19 transmission:

  • Masks/face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose and under the chin.
  • Before putting on or taking off masks/face coverings, wash hands with soap and water or use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wash cloth face masks after each use and replace non-cloth face masks (i.e. surgical masks) when visibly soiled.


The Infectious Diseases Society of America has worked in collaboration with the Ad Council to support a series of public service announcements emphasizing the importance of mask wearing until you’re vaccinated. The campaign is an extension of the national “Mask Up, America” campaign, launched during the pandemic to increase compliance and acceptance of wearing masks as one of the main prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, in addition to vaccination, social distancing and hand washing.

The 30-second spots, called Book Club,” Concert” and “Swim emphasize the importance of wearing a mask in certain situations as the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from getting and spreading the virus. The “Mask Up America” PSAs use milestone events, such as the upcoming Olympic Games, live concerts and indoor gatherings with friends to show how we can all get back to the things we love if we do our part and continue to mask up in order to stay safe and vigilant in certain situations. Rowdy Gaines, Olympic gold medalist and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, voiced the “Swim” PSA and will serve as an announcer at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Created in partnership and with funding provided by The Rockefeller Foundation and IDSA, the PSAs will air in donated broadcast, digital and audio media time and space across the country. The “Concert” spot is available in both English and Spanish, and the “Swim” and “Book Club” spots are available in English. To download the assets, please visit

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