With COVID vaccination figures climbing, temperatures beginning to warm, and questions about what vaccinated people can and can’t safely do piling up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) picked a great time to issue new guidelines.
As of March 10, nearly 128 million doses of the vaccines have been distributed across the U.S., and of those nearly 96 million doses have been administered to patients. Approximately 13 percent of the adult population has been fully vaccinated (two doses) and almost 25 percent of adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Though the CDC’s guidelines are preliminary and will be updated as needed, the new information is much anticipated, especially by those who have been (or will soon be) fully vaccinated and want to resume visits with friends, family, and neighbors.
The CDC considers people “fully vaccinated” at two weeks after having received the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or two weeks after having received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The following are some of the key takeaways of the CDC’s guidelines that apply to non-healthcare settings. To download a template of the all the details of the new guidelines, click here.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing.
- Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.
- Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
- Avoid medium- and large-sized 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.
For more of the CDC’s guidelines for vaccinated people to share with patients as valuable patient education, download the template “CDC Guidelines for Vaccinated People” here.