Post Vaccine Information

Lenox School Community,

Please see the information listed below regarding Post Vaccine mitigation and travel information from Mass.gov.

Taken from https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions#after-getting-vaccinated- (Links to an external site.)

Do I have to follow the Travel Order if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. At this time, vaccinated individuals must continue to follow the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements. It is important for everyone to continue using all the public health measures available to help stop this pandemic. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.​

Do I still have to quarantine after I’ve been vaccinated if I am identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19?

Yes.  We do not yet have data to say for how long the COVID-19 vaccines provide protection from getting sick and whether the vaccines also keep people from spreading COVID-19.  Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before changes are made to public health quarantine recommendations. Other factors, like how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others (Links to an external site.) will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. (source: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC (Links to an external site.) as of 12/21/20)

When can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others after I have been vaccinated?

There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks (Links to an external site.) and avoid close contact with others (Links to an external site.) to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. (source: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC (Links to an external site.) as of 12/21/20)

Also note that the travel ordinance does not recognize antigen testing, but uses PCR as the qualifying test for Covid-19 results, For those who have had a Positive Covid PCR test within the last 90 days prior to travel, they are exempt to testing.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information (Links to an external site.)  for more information regarding Covid-19.