I Am Fully Vaccinated. Do I Still Need To Take the COVID-19 Test?

I Am Fully Vaccinated. Do I Still Need To Take the COVID-19 Test?

You are fully vaccinated—yay! And if you’re only partially vaccinated, or are just starting to think about it, that is still good news. Awareness and action regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and testing are important in stopping the spread and returning to normalcy.


The CDC states that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing when they are around other fully vaccinated people. Nonetheless, you’ll still need to wear a mask or distance if mandated by federal, state, local, or tribal regulation, such as at the airport.

Something key about returning to normal life is this:

Even if you are vaccinated, testing will still play an important role.


What Does ‘Being Fully Vaccinated’ Mean Anyway?

  • Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require 2 doses. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is a single-dose vaccine. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their first dose.
  • Unless you are fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols!

Testing when Fully Vaccinated

If you work with high-risk people who aren't vaccinated, it is important to get tested in case you have been exposed to the virus. Although chances of getting the Coronavirus after being fully vaccinated are very rare, there is a low possibility. If you begin to feel sick, definitely get a COVID-19 test.

Will I test Positive if I am Vaccinated?

You should not test positive unless you are actually among the minority that has gotten the virus after being fully vaccinated. Otherwise, your tests will be negative.

Testing for COVID-19 when Traveling

Although you are not mandated to get tested before leaving the United States, the country where you are going may require it. Make sure to check both with your airline and country of destination. 

Many airlines and cruise lines still require proof of a negative COVID-19 test even if you have been vaccinated. This makes others feel more comfortable and it helps you know that you will indeed not transmit the dangerous virus.

To enter the United States, you will need to show a negative test result.

  • The CDC states that you should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

Testing for Schools and Work

If you are going back to the office or school in person, it is also important to know that you and others are safe. Routine COVID-19 testing can be a simple and effective way to prevent infection and ensure that normal activities can be resumed quickly and carefully.

Where to Get Tested for COVID-19?

PMH Laboratory conducts COVID-19 for individuals as well as organizations.

PMH Laboratory has been conducting COVID-19 routine testing in California and other states in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, and is prepared to send staff to conduct testing anywhere in the United States, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico.

You can reach us at 562-592-2890 or fill out our Contact Us form here. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, and we look forward to helping you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention