The CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Do These 3 Things
New guidance from the agency spells out what inoculated individuals can do.
On March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its highly anticipated new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. Over 60 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine in the U.S., and over 30 million people are fully inoculated, according to the CDC. For those in the latter category who are now wondering what they can do safely, the CDC has outlined three specific things. Keep reading to find out what you can do with limited risk once you're fully vaccinated, and for more guidance from the CDC, The CDC Says Don't Take This After Your Vaccine Without a Doctor's OK.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can visit with other vaccinated people.
During the White House COVID-19 Response Team press briefing, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, highlighted the agency's new guidelines. "A growing body of evidence now tells us that there are some activities that fully vaccinated people can resume at low risk to themselves," she said.
Per the CDC's updated guidelines, fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors, without wearing a mask or maintaining social distance. As Walensky clarified, a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the Johnson & Johnson shot. And for more vaccine updates, The CDC Just Warned of 3 New Vaccine Side Effects.
Fully vaccinated people can also visit unvaccinated low-risk people, without a mask or distancing.
But the CDC's guidance allows for more flexibility than some health experts expected. Fully vaccinated people can also visit people who haven't gotten the shot yet, provided the unvaccinated people are not high risk. "The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from one other household—indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing—as long as the unvaccinated people and any unvaccinated members of their household are not at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease," Walensky explained.
The CDC director gave an example. "If grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family—even if they have not been vaccinated—so long as the daughter and her family are not at risk for severe disease," she said. And for more vaccine guidance, Doctors Say Do These 2 Things the Morning of Your Vaccine Appointment.
Fully vaccinated people don't have to quarantine or get tested if they're exposed to COVID.
The third permission the CDC has granted fully vaccinated people is the ability to skip quarantine and testing in certain scenarios. In compliance with the new guidelines, fully vaccinated people can refrain from quarantining and testing if they come in contact with a known COVID case, as long as they remain asymptomatic. However, the CDC did not change the quarantine and testing requirements that come with travel, whether people are vaccinated or not. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
The CDC director says there will be more guidance to come.
Down the line, the guidance for vaccinated people will likely broaden. "It's important to note that this is initial guidance," Walensky noted. "The recommendations issued today are just a first step. As more people get vaccinated, and the science and evidence expands, and as the disease dynamics of this country change, we will continue to update this guidance." And for more vaccine advice to follow, Don't Do This the Night Before Your Vaccine Appointment, Experts Say.