If I am fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, do I need to quarantine?
No, if someone is fully vaccinated and has an exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they do not need to quarantine as long as they remain symptom free. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated if it has been 2 weeks since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Someone is considered exposed if they were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more during the person’s infectious period, which is 48 hours prior to an asymptomatic positive test result or 48 hours prior to symptom starting. We call this being a “close contact”. If the close contact is unvaccinated, they should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after the last day of contact with the person that tested positive. Your local health department can discuss options for reducing the time of quarantine.
During our continued contact tracing efforts we ask all close contacts about vaccination status to determine if they need to quarantine. Certainly not having to quarantine is one of the many benefits of COVID-19 vaccination! We can also provide a thermometer, mask, and hand sanitizer to close contacts who live in Meriden so they can monitor their health. If residents have any questions they are more than welcome to reach out to the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services at 203-630-4221.
Director of Health and Human Services
City of Meriden Department of Health and Human Services