Experts explain what you can, can't do if you're fully vaccinated

"Those who are vaccinated should be able to be together with absolutely no restrictions and I mean no masks, no distancing. They are vaccinated."

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LUZ PENA: California has administered 10 million vaccines so far. Irma Duran and her mom Teresa are part of the group that has been vaccinated. These are their vaccination cards. They represent an extra layer of protection. And now they're wondering--

IRMA DURAN: When can I have my cousins over? When can we start having our, you know-- our parties? When can we start traveling?

LUZ PENA: The CDC was expected to release recommendations for those fully vaccinated this week, but we're still waiting.

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: CDC is working to ensure that the communication we release on this guidance are clear, and that the American public can act on them.

LUZ PENA: Meanwhile, local doctors keep getting calls from patients like Teresa and Irma for guidance.

What's your recommendation for what people should and should not do after being fully vaccinated?

MONICA GANDHI: Those who are vaccinated should be able to be together with absolutely without restriction. And I mean, masks-- no masks, no distancing. They are vaccinated. They are fully vaccinated.

There is a social contract to be kept so that the vaccinated people should still out in public be masked and distanced because you don't know who's vaccinated. You don't know who's unvaccinated.

LUZ PENA: Standford's infectious disease specialist Dr. Dean Winslow says we still need to be cautious.

MONICA GANDHI: If you're two weeks out from your second dose of the vaccine, that you're-- probably, you have about a 95% chance that you're protected from infection.

LUZ PENA: And there's also this factor to keep in mind.

So there is a chance that people who are vaccinated could potentially get COVID-19.

MONICA GANDHI: Yes. It's smaller chance in the mRNA vaccines.

LUZ PENA: Both Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Winslow agree that we will be able to ease more restrictions once 70% of the population has reached immunity. In San Francisco, Luz Pena, "ABC 7 News."