CDC’s New Guidance For People Who Have Been Fully Vaccinated
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an interim set of recommendations for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This guidance addresses private household settings and does not apply to public gatherings or in the workplace. This is limited to fully vaccinated individuals.

The new CDC guidance contains activity recommendations for fully vaccinated people in private settings and includes:

- Visiting with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.

- Visiting with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.

- Refrain from quarantine and testing if no symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

The basic idea here in these interim recommendations is that that fully vaccinated person have a very, very small risk of transmitting the virus to somebody else. The CDC says that everyone including those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 should continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, as well as continue other mitigation strategies when in public settings.

The CDC says that anyone who is fully vaccinated should continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:

- Wear a well-fitted mask.

- Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with.

- Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings.

- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

- Follow guidance issued by individual employers.

- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

Masking, social distancing, and other COVID-19 safety precautions also are important to limit the transmission of variants in the community and prevent associated disease with these variants, especially when only a small percentage of the population has been vaccinated.

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