While the biggest benefit of vaccination is the much lower risk of contracting the virus, vaccination is also the first step toward loosening restrictions and participating in some activities that have been absent for the last year. Things you can do once vaccinated include skipping the quarantine. Fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine after exposure, but they must have both shots with at least two weeks having passed since the second shot (and not more than three months). They can also breathe easier when leaving the house. It’s still important to wash your hands and wear your mask, but you don’t have to feel anxious when you’re out in public once vaccinated.