The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided updated guidelines for people fully vaccinated against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose series of the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 2 weeks after receiving a single dose of the Janssen COVID. 19 vaccine.
In non-healthcare facilities, fully vaccinated individuals can visit indoors with other fully vaccinated individuals, as well as unvaccinated individuals from a single household who are at low risk of serious COVID-19 disease, without a mask or physical distancing. In addition, after a known exposure, these individuals can dispense with quarantine and testing if they are asymptomatic because the risk of infection is low.
Certain practices should continue even after a person is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. This includes precautions (i.e. wearing masks and physical distancing) in public, for people at increased risk of serious COVID-19 illnesses, and for visits by unvaccinated people from multiple households at the same time.
Regardless of vaccination status, medium-sized and large face-to-face gatherings should still be avoided. In addition, people who are fully vaccinated should be tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
The full instructions are available on the CDC website.
Preliminary Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinned-guidance.html#anchor_1615143423092. Accessed March 8, 2021.
This article originally appeared on MPR
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