Do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing if I'm vaccinated?

While vaccination offers significant protection, no vaccine is 100% effective. There are still situations where face masks and social distancing are sensible, effective methods of protection. Breakthrough infections are expected, and new COVID-19 variants are emerging, such as the Delta variant. Federal, state, or local laws may require masks, and businesses may set their own masking requirements.

It is still important to:

  • Follow guidance specific to places you visit or your workplace. If you have questions or concerns about safety in the workplace, contact MNOSHA Compliance at 651-284-5050 or
  • Stay home and away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested. If you must go out (e.g., to go to a medical appointment), wear a mask. 


Last Reviewed: 8/20/21

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1. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
2. Will a COVID-19 vaccine prevent me from getting sick with COVID-19?
3. I lost my vaccine card or need to obtain my vaccination records. What should I do?
4. What should Scott County residents know about booster shots?
5. If I previously had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?
6. I’ve heard that there is pork and gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines. Is this true?
7. Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain live coronavirus cells?
8. Do I still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing if I'm vaccinated?
9. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required?
10. How long does it take for the vaccine to be fully effective?
11. Do I have to live and/or work in Scott County to get a vaccine at one of the Scott County clinics?
12. What if I have a weakened immune system or a medical condition? Should I still get a vaccine?