Guidelines for Vaccinated Individuals

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Guidelines for vaccinated individuals

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated its guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated. Here are the highlights:

  • To decrease your risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask outside.
  • When traveling, you are required to wear a mask over your nose and mouth on all public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
  • If you travel within the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel. You also do not need to self-quarantine. Do not travel if you are feeling sick.
  • International travel update (December 6): All air passengers must show a negative COVID-19 test before travel to the United States. The test must be taken no more than 1 day before travel regardless of vaccination status.
  • If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get testing 5 to 7 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. Read more about what to do if you have symptoms after close contact.

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.