When you have been vaccinated against COVID-19

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

Vaccine bonus

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

Read advice on what to do if you are a close contact and you have received a COVID-19 vaccine

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.

For example:

Read more about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Last updated: 3 June 2021 at 12.05pm