CDC updates guidelines on masks: What to do when you’ve been fully vaccinated

Coronavirus

(WFXR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines for what individuals should do when they have been fully vaccinated.

Officials with the CDC say that, based on what they know about COVID-19 vaccines, individuals who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

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

The CDC says if you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected, even if you are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • You will still need to follow COVID-19 guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within three days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months) and should still get tested three to five days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

The CDC is still learning about how effective the vaccines are against other variants of COVID-19, as well as how long the vaccines can protect people. The agency will continue to update recommendations and guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the future.

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