I’m Vaccinated! Now What?


As more of us get vaccinated, the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths are finally declining. We know the pandemic will not last forever. But — what happens next?


It’s predicted that this summer will bring a flood of visitors to the Cape. Many Americans want to get out of their homes and connect with friends and family in person rather than on Zoom. 


With full vaccination of individuals becoming more common many of us, especially seniors — the first group to be vaccinated — are starting to venture out. Seniors who are fully vaccinated can safely meet with vaccinated friends in their home or join them in a restaurant. However, it is still important to continue to follow safety guidelines until we better understand how well the vaccines work over time and whether or not any problems with COVID variants emerge.


The following resources may help you feel comfortable about making a decision to travel, visit friends and family, go shopping on Main Street, stop for some ice cream, or grab a burger at a local restaurant.

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others. If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Vaccinated and Traveling in the U.S.?  The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. 


State of Massachusetts Guidance for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19:  COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized in the United States are very effective at protecting vaccinated people against severe COVID-19. Until more people are vaccinated, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, even people who have been fully vaccinated. 















Things I Can't Wait to do When the Pandemic Ends

With the COVID-19 vaccines rolling out, the CDC and the State of Massachusetts have issued new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated, including go maskless with others who are fully vaccinated. The end feels near, and I am eager to start doing things that were once part of my everyday life! This is my personal list. Try making your own version. Mike Bihari, Chairman, Neighborhood Falmouth.


  • Hug my friends!

  • Sleep Easier! 

  • Plan for the future! Remember those days?

  • Breathe a big sigh of relief. 

  • Visit with with family and friends, in-person.

  • Travel Domestically! Visit national parks in the southwest. 

  • Travel Internationally! Rebook our planned trip to London. 

  • Host a small dinner party with food and friends!

  • Go to a get-together a friend is hosting.

  • Eat inside a restaurant without worrying.

  • Delete all video conferencing apps, especially ZOOM.

  • Go to a movie theater to watch a blockbuster film.

  • Stop saying "you’re muted" or "can someone go on mute?”

  • Smile at strangers without a mask.

  • Get books from the library.

  • Act like a tourist in Falmouth again, even though it’s my hometown.

  • See a Broadway show live. 

  • Wear something other than sweat pants and t-shirts everyday.

  • Have volunteer and business meetings with people in person. 

  • Use the bathroom at a friend’s house during backyard get togethers. 

  • Pass people on the sidewalk without stepping into the street to keep distant. 

  • Forever ban the phrases “the new normal,” and "in these unprecedented times.

  • Enjoy hands that aren't dry and cracked from constant washing and Purell use

  • Visit a museum without having to check and see if it’s closed and what the COVID protocols are.

  • Take my iPad to the Coffee O or Daily Brew to work and drink coffee.