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Totally vaccinated people don’t should be quarantined after publicity to COVID-19

February 10, 2021

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Individuals fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 do not necessarily need to be quarantined after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, the CDC said on Wednesday.

As long as they meet all of the following criteria, quarantine is not required, the agency said:

COVID-19 updates quarantine guidelines

Source: CDC

  • You are fully vaccinated and at least 2 weeks have passed since your final dose.
  • You are within 3 months of receiving your final dose.
  • They have remained asymptomatic since their exposure to COVID-19.

If they have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not meet all of these criteria, they should follow standard CDC guidelines that quarantine people who have not had COVID-19 in the previous 3 months for 14 days after exposure should.

This can be shortened to 10 days without a test if the person shows no symptoms during daily monitoring, or to 7 days with a negative test and no signs of symptoms, according to the CDC.

“Fully vaccinated individuals who are not quarantined should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after exposure,” the CDC said. “If they develop symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing if indicated.”

The CDC said the quarantine recommendations for vaccinated people will be updated as more data become available or as more vaccines have been approved.

The two vaccines currently approved in the US are given in two doses 21 or 28 days apart. There may be a third, more convenient option soon, however, as the FDA is due to review Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine later this month.

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Amesh A. Adalja, MD)

Amesh A. Adalja, MD

I think the CDC exposure guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals make sense and are in line with recommendations for those who have recovered from natural infection. I suspect that as the evidence of vaccines’ benefits increases, more changes will be made to the amended public health guidelines for those who have been vaccinated.

Amesh A. Adalja, MD

Senior Scholar

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety

Disclosure: Adalja does not report any relevant financial information.

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