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Hi! Just curious. I’m super health anxious around covid and all so I have basically been not dating since the pandemic hit (a few virtual and like 2 in person dates but not much else). If I’m fully vaccinated - got my second dose last weekend, is it safe to start dating like normal again or should I still play it safe and play the virtual field? And does it matter if one of you are vaccinated and the other one isn’t?

It’s been a loooooong year, and so many of us are definitely ready to get our social and romantic lives back on track. It’s great that you got the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 and the serious health problems it can cause. If you’re fully vaccinated — meaning it’s been at least 2 weeks since your final shot — you can safely start to be a little bit more social. But you do still need to take some precautions, depending on the situation. Here’s the deal:

The good news is that, if you’re fully vaccinated, you can hang out indoors and be sexually intimate with other fully vaccinated people, without masks or social distancing.  It’s also ok to be indoors and sexually intimate (without masks or social distancing) with an unvaccinated person from one other household, as long as they aren’t at higher risk for serious sickness from COVID-19.

But scientists are still learning exactly how well the vaccine protects you and others. It’s possible that people who’ve had the vaccine can still spread the virus and get other people sick, even if they don’t get sick themselves. So it’s important to keep taking other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 once you’re vaccinated, like:

  • Wearing a tight-fitting mask over your nose and mouth, and practicing social distancing when you’re:

    • In public (like if you go on a date at a restaurant)

    • Hanging out with unvaccinated people who are at high risk for serious sickness from COVID-19 

    • Hanging out with unvaccinated people who live with someone who’s at high risk for serious sickness from COVID-19 

    • Hanging out with unvaccinated people from multiple households

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water

  • Avoiding crowds and places with bad ventilation

  • Avoiding unnecessary travel

  • Getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

You can read more about the current guidelines for vaccinated people on the CDC website

If things end up getting hot n’ heavy with your dates, it’s not just COVID-19 you need to think about — don’t forget to help prevent unintended pregnancy and/or STDs. And you still need to make sure you have consent every time you want to have any kind of sex, regardless of you or your partner’s vaccine status. If your partner doesn’t want to have sex for any reason — including being worried about COVID-19 — it’s important to respect that.

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