Updated on 03/16/2021

CDC Issues Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new interim recommnedation for people who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, urging people to remain vigilant against infection and spreading even after full vaccination.

The new guidance provides recommendations for fully vaccinated people, including:

  • How fully vaccinated people can safely visit with each other or with unvaccinated people in private settings
  • How fully vaccinated people should approach isolation, quarantine, and testing.

This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people and will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

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 ).

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings.

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.

The guidelines also contain recommendations for:

  • Visiting with Others in Private Settings
  • Visits between fully vaccinated people
  • Visits between fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people
  • Vaccinated people visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household that does not have individuals at risk of severe COVID-19
  • Vaccinated people visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household that has individuals at risk of severe COVID-19
  • Vaccinated people visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households at the same time
  • Medium- or large-sized gatherings
  • personal or social activities outside the home
  • Travel
  • Recommendations for Isolation, Quarantine and Testing.

We urge you to read these recommendations and share them with your staff.

 

Article published by NAHC Report on March 8, 2021

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