(WWLP) – The CDC has released new guidelines for the 30-million people who are now fully vaccinated in the U.S., an important first step as we near the one-year mark since the pandemic hit.
“As more Americans are vaccinated, a growing body of evidence now tells us that there are some activities that fully vaccinated people can resume at low-risk to themselves,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
Fully vaccinated people can now gather indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing with others who have also been vaccinated. The CDC says a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose.
Those vaccinated can also gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks. That is unless anyone has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC and local health officials are still encouraging people, vaccinated or not, to double their efforts in COVID-19 prevention measures.
“I think it’s a positive step in the gradual normalization of activities,” Dr. Armando Paez, Infectious Disease Specialist at Baystate Health said. “Really encouraging people to get vaccinated. If the vaccinated individual is out in public he should still wear a face covering, and physical distancing.”
The CDC is also advising vaccinated people to get tested if they develop any COVID-19 related symptoms.
As more people get vaccinated in the country, the CDC will be updating these guidelines.