The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guiding principles for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
According to the CDC’s guiding principles, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. It also gave clarification that fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following exposure as long as they are asymptomatic.
the CDC also says that fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure and fully vaccinated asymptomatic people without an exposure may be exempted from routine screening testing, if feasible.
A person is only considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series.
This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.
It can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g. AstraZeneca/Oxford).
The CDC also recommended that fully vaccinated people should continue to take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask. They also advised that individuals wear masks that fit snuggly when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.
They recommend that fully vaccinated individuals avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings and get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.