Published: 2021-03-08 21:02
Last Updated: 2021-04-12 17:05
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Monday published Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. The CDC considers fully vaccinated people those who have passed the two-week mark from receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or receiving the first dose of a single-dose vaccine.
According to the CDC fully vaccinated people can:
However, for now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
According to the CDC, more and more evidence is emerging suggesting that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infections and are also less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to other people.
However, investigations are ongoing to determine how long vaccines protect people against COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated people should continue to watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 and if they develop any, they should self-isolate and get tested. If they come into contact with positive cases but do not develop any symptoms, they do not need to quarantine or get tested.
The CDC noted that indoor visits between a group of fully vaccinated people, without face masks or social distancing, are ‘likely low risk.’ Additionally, visits between fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people, without face masks or social distancing, are also ‘likely low risk,’ but 'the level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people.'
The article noted that “Unvaccinated people that are from a single household that does not have individuals at risk of severe COVID-19 can visit with fully vaccinated people indoors, without anyone wearing masks, with a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” However, if unvaccinated people go to a household where there are people at increased risk of severe COVID-19, everyone should wear face masks and maintain a safe distance.
When a visit includes people from more than two households, all people should wear face masks and maintain a safe distance. The same applies for medium to large-sized gatherings, regardless of people’s vaccination status.