CDC Guidance For Fully Vaccinated Missourians
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered up it's recommendations for fully vaccinated people. And it doesn't change a whole lot of what public health officials have asked us to do.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received their second done of the Pizer-BioNZTech or Moderna vaccine. Or two weeks after they have received their single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks and without social distancing. Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors and without masks or physical distancing. And don't need to quarantine and test following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
That's the good news, here's the stuff that doesn't really change: Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and physical distance in public. Continue to wear a mask, physical distance and take other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who have an increased risk of catching a severe case of COVID-19. Wear masks and maintain physical distancing and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
Additionally those fully vaccinated should avoid medium and large sized in person gatherings. Get tested if experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. Follow guidance issued by your employer. And continue to follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
I would expect these guidelines to change as more people receive the vaccinations and we see how relaxed mask mandates and COVID-19 related policies impact how many people get the coronavirus, and how severe it is for those who do contract it.
While it's great that fully vaccinated people can visit with each other without masks or distancing. This guidance really doesn't change very much if you're trying to keep others and yourself healthy by avoiding larger gatherings, doing take out or pick up vs. eating in restaurants, and putting off visiting those who are at risk for a bad case of COVID if they catch it.
A little bit more good news, The New York Post reports nursing homes in the United States have seen an 82% decline in COVID-19 cases in the new year, suggesting vaccines are working. While I'll be the first to point out nursing homes have probably really good compliance with social distancing and masks to stop the spread, I like to think this is an encouraging sign that soon enough these this CDC guidance might be replaced with more lax guidance. At least we can hope.