Revised COVID-19 guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated

Exciting news as we begin the return to normalcy: According to a recent announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

As of May 17, 3.1 million Arizonans, or nearly 44% of the state’s population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 2.6 million are fully vaccinated.

Dr. James Napoli, Chief Medical Officer at BCBSAZ, said, “As more Arizonans get vaccinated, infections will reduce. Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) urges all individuals 12 years of age or older who are not yet vaccinated to make an appointment and get their shots.”

No Appointment Necessary 

Given the availability of appointments at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is encouraging people to visit anytime during operating hours to get their vaccinations. Locations and hours of state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites in the Phoenix area, Flagstaff, Tucson, and Yuma are available at

If you prefer to register to get your vaccine, you can do so by going to, or you can call the ADHS vaccine hotline at 480-573-0332, TTY: 711; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Make sure you wait for a representative to help you schedule an appointment. 

Cost: The vaccine is $0 for BCBSAZ members.

Mask Guidelines

The new guidance has opened the door to confusion, since there is no way for businesses to tell who has been vaccinated and who has not. Major retail chains that have eliminated the requirement that customers wear a mask are not requiring proof of vaccination. It’s important to remember that private businesses can decide whether customers and staff need a face covering. Look for signs at the entrance to a store or restaurant to determine whether you need to put a mask on to go inside.

The CDC updated the traffic light-style chart below to reflect the new guidelines for mask-wearing.

Mask Guidelines Chart

Additional COVID-19 resources

For more information about COVID-19, vaccines, and how you can protect yourself and your family, visit

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Last Updated: 05/21/2021