Thursday, 13 May 2021 22:17

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Go Without Masks, Indoors and Outdoors


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The CDC on May 13 said fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a well-fitted mask in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. 


Prevention measures are still recommended for unvaccinated people.


The risk of COVID-19 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people, the CDC said, and the risk of transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced.


Currently authorized vaccines in the U.S. are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit the virus to others.


How long vaccine protection lasts and how much vaccines protect against emerging variants are still under investigation.


People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen); there is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status.


Unvaccinated people refers to individuals of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series.


At this time, there are limited data on vaccine protection in people who are immunocompromised. People with immunocompromising conditions, including those taking immunosuppressive medications---for instance drugs, such as mycophenolate and rituximab, to suppress rejection of transplanted organs or to treat rheumatologic conditions---should...

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