Fully vaccinated people can safely stop wearing masks both indoors and outdoors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA. They will also not have to keep their distance, according to the agency's new guidance. They will also not need to be tested or quarantined after exposure to someone with COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People who have not yet been vaccinated should continue to take all precautions, he says CDC. He also says that fully vaccinated people with health conditions or who are taking immune-boosting drugs should consult their doctor before relaxing.
Exceptions include wearing masks on public transport, such as buses, trains and airplanes. Vaccinated people should also follow local and state guidelines on masks and social distances, such as when they are at a local business or workplace. The new guidance is not intended for healthcare settings.
Dr Anthony Fauci stated that the risk of contracting someone who is fully vaccinated with COVID-19 is "extremely low", whether you are indoors or outdoors.
The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky and the White House Senior Adviser Andy slavitt, reported that the reduction in COVID-19 cases is the reason for easing some restrictions. Incidents have dropped by about 40% since everyone over the age of 16 became eligible for vaccines.
The CDC says people should not travel until they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people traveling within the United States do not need to be tested before or after their trip and do not need to be quarantined, the agency said. But they must wear masks and keep their distance.
This change in recommendations from the CDC comes a day after the agency recommended the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. It also comes amid pressure to reduce restrictions on fully vaccinated Americans, in part to underscore the benefits of vaccination, according to the Associated Press.