When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated.
This is called a ‘vaccine bonus’.
How long your vaccine takes to work
The time you need to wait depends on which vaccine you’ve had.
You can follow the vaccine bonus advice:
- 7 days after your 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose
- 14 days after your 2nd Moderna dose
- 14 days after the Janssen vaccine - this is a single dose vaccine
- 28 days after your 1st AstraZeneca dose - you still need to get your 2nd dose to make sure that your vaccine protection lasts
With the vaccine bonus, you can meet indoors with:
- other fully vaccinated people from up to 2 other households
- people from 1 other household who are not vaccinated - as long as no more than 3 households are there
You can do this without wearing face coverings or staying 2 metres apart.
The people you meet should not be at high risk from COVID-19 if they are not vaccinated.
Meeting other people
You may be worried about meeting others, even if you are vaccinated. You can feel safe knowing that your COVID-19 vaccine works, no matter which one you get.
If you are a close contact
If you tested positive for COVID-19
If you had a positive PCR COVID-19 test in the past 9 months, you can also follow the vaccine bonus advice. You can do this as soon as you have recovered from COVID-19. This is because you have immunity for 9 months.
This does not apply if you are:
- aged 65 or older
- immunocompromised because of disease or treatment
You should still get your COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you to get long-lasting protection.
Keep protecting yourself and others
Even after you are vaccinated, continue to follow advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 in public places.
Last updated: 3 June 2021 at 12.05pm