I'm vaccinated but I've been exposed to someone who tested positive. How long do I have to quarantine?

GEHA | October 1, 2021

COVID-19 Health And Wellness
Written by: Amy Priest, RN

Amy Priest is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager with a combined 20 years’ experience of bedside nursing, home health nursing and case management. Amy has been with GEHA since 2010 and is currently a level III nurse consultant on the population health team supporting member outreach initiatives.

A) Updated guidance from the CDC recommends that if you have come into close contact with someone who tested positive and you are fully vaccinated with no COVID-like symptoms, that you should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result. From the CDC: “Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 if they follow these testing and masking recommendations.”

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html