Once I’m fully vaccinated, can I stop wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing?
The CDC has recently issued new recommendations for vaccinated individuals. Currently vaccinated people can:
– Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or social distancing
– Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a SINGLE household without masks or physical distancing if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease
– Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone with COVID-19 as long as the vaccinated person is asymptomatic (the vaccinated person should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days).
But: vaccinated people STILL need to take precautions in many scenarios:
– They must wear a mask and physically distance around unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19
– They must wear a mask and physically distance around unvaccinated people who have household members who are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19
– And they should wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people from multiple households.
Additionally, vaccinated people need to continue basic safety precautions (masking and physically distancing) in public, especially in medium and large-sized crowds, and poorly ventilated public spaces.
Finally, vaccinated people should get tested for COVID-19 if they feel sick.
You can see the full CDC recommendations here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html