The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released new guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the CDC's Monday release titled "When You've Been Fully Vaccinated," individuals who have been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus can now gather indoors without wearing masks.
The guidance also states that if you've been fully vaccinated, you can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Additionally, the CDC says that fully-vaccinated individuals who have been around someone who is positive for COVID-19 do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless they develop symptoms.
However, if you live in a group setting like a correctional or detention facility or group home and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms, according to the CDC.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, according to the CDC.
You can see the full guidance released by the CDC Monday by clicking here.
Tri-State residents interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can find more information on who can receive it and where they can go by clicking here.