As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available to everyone across the United States and the instances of serious illness and hospitalizations decrease, more restrictions will go by the wayside.
Recently, the CDC updated their list of what they deem "safe and acceptable" activities after you are fully vaccinated. After your 2nd shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or your one shot as is the case with Johnson & Johnson, it will take 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. And yes, The Doctors support sharing your joy at being vaccinated on social media, but be aware of the risks of showing your vaccination card.
After you have had your shot(s) and waited the full two weeks, you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other family without masks, unless any of the unvaccinated people have an increased risk for sever illness with COVID-19.
The CDC also shares that if you've been around someone that tests positive for COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others unless you are experiencing symptoms.
Also, in great news, the CDC shares that if you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine afterwards. If you are traveling internationally, you must learn about the requirements of the country where you will be traveling to. Also, you still need to show a negative COVID test before boarding a flight to the United States, and you will need to get tested 3-5 days after your international travel.
The CDC notes that fully vaccinated people should still take all the normal precautions out in public by social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing your hands. They also recommend avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
There is no green light yet for medium or large gatherings of any kind, and they are still recommending that you should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you've been around someone who is sick.