Testing for COVID-19 during the rollout of vaccines
In December 2020, two vaccines for COVID-19 were approved for use in the United States. There is hope that with widespread vaccination, we can bring an end to the pandemic.
- Get vaccinated when it's your turn!
- Be sure to get both doses of the vaccine for it to work fully.
- You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
It will take many months before enough people are fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, at this time, CDPH does not recommend changes to testing requirements for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. As the science and evidence evolves, CDPH will issue updated guidance to reflect new information and data.
Even after getting the vaccine, it is important to keep doing these actions:
- Wear facemasks: Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth even after getting the vaccine. Masks prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even after getting both doses of the vaccine, it's possible, though not likely, to get COVID-19. If you get COVID-19 after being vaccinated you may not get sick, but you may still be able to spread it to your family and friends.
- Stay home if sick: If you feel sick, you should stay home and isolate from others.
- Get tested: If you have symptoms or have been exposed to with someone with COVID-19 you should get tested. This is true even after being vaccinated. Tests for COVID-19 work the same in vaccinated people as they do in unvaccinated people.
- Testing keeps you, your family, and friends safe.
- There are usually no out-of-pocket costs to get tested at state testing sites.
- Test results are usually returned in no more than two days.
- Find a test site or call (833) 422-4255
- Discuss your symptoms with your health care provider.
- If your job requires it, you still need to get tested regularly. Even if you had the vaccine.
- Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water. You can use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Physical Distance: Keep at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in your household.
- Gather outside and increase airflow in indoor spaces: If the weather permits, outdoor events are much safer than indoor events.
- Being outside reduces the spread of COVID-19. If you have to gather inside, increase airflow by opening windows and doors.
- Visit the CDC's website for more information on bringing fresh air into your home