The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose of a 2-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 2 weeks after receiving a single-dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  

In non-healthcare settings, fully vaccinated individuals can visit with other fully vaccinated people, as well as with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. Additionally, these individuals can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic, as the risk of infection is low.


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Certain practices should continue even if a person is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. These include taking precautions (ie, wearing masks and physical distancing) in public, with those at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease, and when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households at the same time.

Regardless of vaccination status, medium and large sized in-person gatherings should still be avoided. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals should get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The full guidance can be found on the CDC website.

Reference

Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html#anchor_1615143423092. Accessed March 8, 2021.

This article originally appeared on MPR