The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new COVID-19 vaccination guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. This is the first set of recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated.
Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated individuals can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or social distancing. Fully vaccinated individuals can also safely visit with unvaccinated individuals in a low-risk single household without masks or social distancing.
If fully vaccinated individuals have a known COVID-19 exposure, it will not be necessary to quarantine or be tested if they are asymptomatic, according to the new recommendations. In its new guidance, the CDC wrote that there is new evidence showing that fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to have asymptomatic infection.
Those who are fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and be clinically evaluated, according to the CDC.
However, the CDC cautions individuals to continue wearing masks and physically distancing from others when in public, even if they are fully vaccinated. The CDC also recommends avoiding medium- to large-sized gatherings.
When visiting with unvaccinated individuals who have an increased risk for severe COVID-19 or who have a household member with an increased risk, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks. The CDC is also advising those fully vaccinated to continue following health guidelines when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
All of these recommendations apply to non-health care settings.