The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated its guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC says it is safe to gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without a mask. The CDC also says it is safe to gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks unless one of those people or someone they live with is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 infection.
If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, you do not need to isolate or get tested unless you have symptoms or you live in a group setting.
Vaccinated people are still urged to
- Avoid large group gatherings and unnecessary travel.
- Avoid poorly ventilated public spaces.
- Keep physically distanced in public.
- Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.
- Wear masks around those who are unvaccinated and an increased risk of illness from COVID-19.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick.
Continue masking up to protect others
While there is growing evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines can help to prevent transmission of the virus, there’s still not enough data to prove that vaccinated people don’t carry the virus and can’t infect others. The research being conducted today about the vaccines’ effectiveness in lowering the transmission of the virus is promising, but most Americans are still not fully vaccinated, and people are still dying daily from COVID-19. By not wearing a mask around others (unless they are fully vaccinated), you may be putting people at risk.
- Join us for our Healthy Living Series webinars, “But Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask? Your Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccines,” on Monday, March 29, from 6-7 pm.
- Read answers to questions about the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals in this article featuring Michael Calderwood, MD, MPH, epidemiologist and chief quality officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
- Listen to NHPR's Morning Edition about the importance of COVID-19 safety guidelines with Michael Calderwood, MD, MPH, epidemiologist and chief quality officer