As vaccines slowly become more widespread, the CDC issued an interim set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals on Monday. Here are highlights that signatory contractors need to know.
- People are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 two weeks after they receive the second dose of the Pfizer-BionTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after they receive the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
- Fully vaccinated individuals can visit with other fully vaccinated individuals indoors without wearing masks or implementing physical distancing. They can also visit with unvaccinated individuals who are not at risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine or get tested following a known exposure to COVID-19 if they are asymptomatic.
While the CDC has lifted the above restrictions on fully vaccinated individuals, it kept several in place, such as:
- Wearing a mask and physical distancing in public places.
- Wearing a mask and physical distancing when interacting with unvaccinated individuals at risk of severe COVID-19 disease (or those who have an unvaccinated household member at severe risk)
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations