CDC Updates Guidance for Vaccinated People, and There’s More That They Can Potentially Do

We’ve come a long way since coronavirus first entered the United States. On Dec. 14, 2020, vaccine distribution began in the U.S. and to date, more than 90 million doses have been administered. That’s a total of 17.7% of the entire U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, guidance on what exactly vaccinated people can do has remained unclear until recently. Just recently, the CDC has recently issued more clear direction on what people who have received the vaccine can safely do. And it’s pretty exciting.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people (for non-healthcare settings) can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

The CDC also states that though the above is true, vaccinated people should still wear masks and physical distance in public areas; when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease; visiting with someone who lives with someone at increased risk; when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households; avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.

Also, since it’s not impossible to get the virus when vaccinated, it’s important to still get tested if you’re vaccinated and are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. You should also follow guidance issued by individual employer as well as CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

This is a great start! If you choose to get vaccinated, what do you most look forward to doing again? Do you feel safe doing the above recommendations when vaccinated? What else are you looking forward to once more people are able to become vaccinated?