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CDC announces update to COVID safety guidelines for vaccinated people

COVID restrictions keep loosening for the vaccinated crowd.

According to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fully vaccinated people no longer need to:

  • Wear a mask or social distance in any setting, except where required by law, rule, and regulation. This includes local businesses and workplaces that ask everyone to follow safety protocols.  
  • Get tested if you know you’ve been exposed to COVID but have no symptoms. However, you should also get tested if you live or work in a correctional facility or a homeless shelter. Even if you don’t have symptoms. 

Keep in mind that these changes only apply to non-healthcare settings. Be prepared to mask up and social distance at doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other healthcare spots. 

The CDC considers you fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen). 

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have a health condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system. You may still need to take precautions against COVID, like wearing a mask and social distancing. 

For more information about what you can and can’t do once you’ve been fully vaccinated, check here.

Keep following safety protocols if you’re not fully vaccinated. Find a vaccine near you.

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