CDC Releases New COVID-19 Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Persons

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  • People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may gather safely in small groups without wearing masks or physically distancing, even if those people have not had their shots, a new guideline by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says
  • This is the first federal public health guidance aimed at resuming some level of normal activity for people who are fully vaccinated with any of the FDA-approved vaccines
  • According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose (or after the only dose in the case of the single-shot J&J vaccine), by which time the body would have mounted sufficient immune response
  • According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, people who are fully vaccinated can congregate indoors with other fully vaccinated people without any restrictions
  • However, the new guidelines do not suggest that fully vaccinated people can go back to normal, with Walensky recommending that vaccinated people do not travel until a large percentage of the population have been vaccinated
  • More than 90 million doses of the vaccine have already been administered in the US, according to the CDC's vaccine tracker
  • About 60 million people have received at least one dose while 30 million people have received two doses