The Center for Disease (CDC) control announced on Thursday that those fully vaccinated can resume regular activities without wearing a mask or social distancing.
The CDC guideline does strip the authority of state, local tribe, territorial laws, rules and regulations; including local businesses and your workplace. The CDC has come to this guideline since the COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be effective in preventing COVID-19 or at least, severe illness and death related to COVID-19. The vaccine also is proven to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Those fully vaccinated could resume normal activities that were done prior to the pandemic.
Those considered fully vaccinated are those who have completed the second dose of the 2-dose series including Pfizer or Moderma at least two weeks ago. In addition, this includes those vaccinated with the single-dose (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) at least two weeks ago. Those not meeting the guidelines, regardless of age, are not fully vaccinated and should continue taking all precautions. The CDC officials said that if you are taking medications that weaken your immune system, even if vaccinated, you should talk to your healthcare provider for further instruction.
Those traveling no longer need to be tested before or after travel and are no longer required to self-quarantine after travel. These are U.S. requirements, those traveling abroad should find out the requirements for the Country they are traveling to. Those traveling to the United States must show a negative test result or documentation or recovery from COVID-19. The CDC does recommend anyone who traveled internationally to test for COVID-19 3-5 days following travel but quarantine is not necessary. You will still be required to wear a mask on the plane, bus, train, or other forms of public transportation.
Exposure to COVID-19
If you have been fully vaccinated and have been around someone with COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. If you live or work in a correctional/detention facility or homeless shelter, and have COVID-19, you should still get tested, even without symptoms. You should still watch for symptoms and get tested if you have any symptoms.
It is still unknown how well the vaccines work against variants of the virus that cause COVID-19. “Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others,” CDC officials said. It is also unknown how well the vaccine protects people with weakened immune systems, including those taking immunosuppressive medications. It is also yet to be determined how long the COVID-19 vaccines protect people. “As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” CDC officials added.
This was made possible by the extraordinary success we’ve had in vaccinating so many Americans, so quickly. pic.twitter.com/gTwM6Tp7lF
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 13, 2021
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