CDC Issues First Set of COVID-19 Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated

March 8, 2021

(Please note: the following recommendations are not intended for health care facilities. Mercy will continue masking and social distancing policies until otherwise noted.)

On March 8, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.

The new guidance includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. The CDC says this guidance represents a "first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities."

The CDC plans to update these recommendations as more people are immunized, rates of COVID-19 in the community change, and additional scientific evidence becomes available.

Fully vaccinated people can now:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

To read the full recommendations, click here.

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