The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released long-awaited guidance for Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19, giving them the freedom to take some liberties that the unvaccinated shouldn’t, including meeting in Indoors with others who are fully vaccinated without precaution while still adhering to masking and distancing in public spaces.
The agency offered good news to grandparents who hadn’t seen children and grandchildren in the past year, saying that fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to go inside with unvaccinated individuals from a single household as long as none of the unvaccinated individuals are at risk for exposed to serious illness when infected with the coronavirus.
This means that fully vaccinated grandparents can visit unvaccinated healthy adult children and healthy grandchildren without masks or physical distance. The visit should be limited to one household, however: when the unvaccinated neighbors of the adult children come by, the visit should be outdoors and everyone should wear masks and distance.
The recommendations arrived as state officials sought to reopen businesses and schools amid the decline in virus cases and deaths. Federal health officials have repeatedly warned against easing restrictions too quickly, including lifting mask mandates, fearing the measures could set the stage for a fourth surge in infections and deaths.
The new council is subject to change and allows room for amendment as new data become available. The agency did not rule out the possibility that fully vaccinated people could develop asymptomatic infections and accidentally transmit the virus to others, and urged those vaccinated to continue to take certain precautions.
Agency officials encouraged people to get the first vaccine available to end the pandemic and return to normal life. The agency stressed that vaccines are highly effective in preventing “serious Covid-19 illness, hospitalization and death” and said its guidelines are “a first step towards returning to everyday activities in or in communities”.
“We know people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love,” said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the CDC now resume in the privacy of her own homes. “
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Still, she added, “Everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, should continue with all mitigation strategies in public facilities.”
Many more Americans will need to be fully vaccinated before mitigation measures can be suspended, she and other officials said because the majority of Americans have not yet received the vaccine.
As of Sunday, about 58.9 million people had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 30.7 million people who were fully vaccinated. According to CDC providers, they give an average of about 2.16 million doses per day.
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The CDC’s advice is for Americans who are fully vaccinated, that is, those for whom at least two weeks have passed since they received the second dose of a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, and those for whom It has been at least two weeks since a single dose of the single-dose vaccine was received by Johnson and Johnson.
What is safe for newly vaccinated Americans and their unvaccinated neighbors and family members has been largely uncertain as scientists do not yet understand whether and how often vaccinated people can still transmit the virus. If so, then masking and other precautions are still required in certain environments to contain the virus, researchers have said.
There is also uncertainty about how well vaccines protect against emerging variants of the virus and how long the vaccine protection lasts.
The CDC said Monday that “a growing body of evidence” suggests that people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to have asymptomatic infections and “may be less likely to spread the virus that causes Covid-19 to other people” . Still, the agency didn’t rule out the possibility that they could accidentally transmit the virus.
In view of the current state of research, the CDC recommended:
Fully vaccinated Americans can gather indoors in small groups in private homes with no masks or detachment. Vaccinated individuals can congregate in a private household with unvaccinated individuals from a single household who are at low risk of developing serious illnesses if they contract the coronavirus, even without masks or distancing.
Vaccinated Americans do not need to be quarantined or tested if they are known to be exposed to the virus as long as they do not develop symptoms of infection. If they develop symptoms, they need to isolate themselves, get tested, and speak to their doctor.
Vaccinated persons must continue to wear masks, maintain social distance, and take other precautions in public, such as walking. B. Avoid poorly ventilated rooms, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and follow other applicable protocols.
Vaccinated individuals should continue to avoid large and medium-sized gatherings, although the agency did not provide numbers for gathering size.
The agency has not revised its travel recommendations and has continued to advise that all Americans refrain from travel unless strictly necessary.
The advice is not legally binding, but the agency’s recommendations are typically followed by state health authorities. The recommendations are likely to incentivize many hesitant Americans to get vaccinations by promising modest freedoms after months of restrictions.