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CDC issues guidance stating vaccinated people can visit vaccinated and low risk people without masks

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The first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people has been released by the CDC.

According to CDC’s update guidance, fully vaccinated people now 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

The recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings.

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen ).

How long vaccine protection lasts and how much vaccines protect against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants are still under investigation.

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