CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People May Gather without Masks or Distancing
Q: Has the CDC released guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated?
A: On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may gather indoors with other individuals who are “fully vaccinated” without wearing masks or using physical distancing. The agency’s interim public health recommendations also state that persons who are fully vaccinated may visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single other household who are at low risk for severe disease.
Q: Do fully vaccinated people need to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19?
A: The updated guidelines further clarify that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine or test for COVID-19 if they’ve been exposed, unless they are showing signs of symptoms.
Q: What does fully vaccinated mean?
A: Officials say an individual is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
Q: Does the CDC recommend fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks in public?
A: Importantly, the CDC recommends that vaccinated people continue to wear a mask and social distance in public settings, while also avoiding medium and large sized in-person gatherings.
Q: How does the CDC recommend fully vaccinated people approach travel?
A: At this time, the agency has not released updated travel guidelines for those who have been vaccinated.
Q: Why did the CDC announce guidance for fully vaccinated people?
A: The latest announcement issued by the CDC is introduced in an effort to clear up confusion, as some states have begun to roll back coronavirus safety measures despite warnings from health experts.