CDC Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of public health guidance for fully vaccinated individuals against COVID-19. The guidance is anticipated to be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of COVID-19, the proportion of the population fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 after at least two weeks have passed since receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) or at least two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine).

Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated people 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

Fully vaccinated people are advised to continue taking precautions when in public, including wearing a well-fitted mask and physically distancing, avoiding medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings, and getting tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The full CDC guidance is available here.