Updated April 28, 2021
No. While highly effective the vaccine is not 100% protective. Vaccinated persons may still get infected, and it is unknown whether vaccinated persons can become asymptomatically infected and shed virus that could infect other people. It is also not yet known whether booster vaccines will be needed to in order to continue having protection against Covid-19, nor how often those booster vaccines would be needed. Additionally, there may be some situations in which face coverings (masks) are required, such as when in a store, airport or health care facility. For the health and safety of everyone, please follow the rules when in one of these situations.
It is important to keep up to date on and follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as they continue to evolve.
The CDC continues to update their guidance for what you can do after you've been fully vaccinated, which means two weeks after receiving your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or two weeks after receiving your Johnson & Johnson shot. Please remember to continue to practice masking and social distancing in any situation not included in this guidance.
To protect the health of physicians, staff and patients in our facilities, we require everyone to wear a mask at John Muir Health facilities. This is consistent with CDC guidelines, which recommend that vaccinated people should not be indoors, without a mask, with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC also notes that all of the guidance around what people who have been vaccinated may do does not apply to the health care setting or health care facilities.
We understand that answering screening questions takes some time, and we appreciate your patience. It is important that we maintain the same screening protocols for everyone who enters our facilities, including physicians, staff, patients and visitors. This is the best way to ensure the safety of everyone.
While the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, they are not a 100% guarantee that a vaccinated person will not become infected with COVID-19. It is possible to become infected with COVID-19 after being vaccinated, including asymptomatic infections (the person may not have any symptoms to indicate an infection). To protect the health and safety of everyone in our facilities, we require that anyone getting a procedure in our facilities is tested for COVID-19 prior to the procedure. This also allows our staff and physicians to prepare to care for patients who are infected with COVID-19, even asymptomatically, using appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).