CDC Releases Long-Awaited Guidance on Safe Activities for the Fully Vaccinated

The Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors but they still must wear masks and stay socially distanced in public. Here's a quick run-down on what the latest guidelines mean.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks, practice distancing, avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings, and adhere to other prevention measures in the following instances:

  • In public
  • When visiting with unvaccinated people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member at increased risk
  • When visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

To read the guidance in its entirety, visit this page on the CDC site.