• Nina Washington

You're All Vaccinated...Now What?


I've been fully vaccinated for quite some me now. Note, fully vaccinated means > or equal to 2 weeks after your second Moderna or Pfizer injection OR > or equal to 2 weeks after the Johnson & Johnson injection. Yet, besides the comfort of knowing my risks of contracting COVID-19 and/or experiencing severe COVID-19 or death are drastically reduced, my day to day life hasn’t changed all that much. I still wear a mask (despite recent mandates being lifted in my home state of Mississippi). I social distance. And it will be a long time before I’m comfortable being out and about in large groups of people.


So imagine the bridled excitement I felt a few days ago regarding the CDC’s new guidelines on those fully vaccinated! It seems there’s a very faint light at the end of this tunnel!


Here are the new guidelines:

  • First make sure you’re “fully” vaccinated. See above.

  • After meeting that criteria, you may visit indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or social distancing.

  • You may visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for COVID-19 without wearing a mask or social distancing. (According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Pfizer vaccine affords decreased risk of contracting asymptomatic COVID-19 and thus transmitting asymptomatic disease).

  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

Even with these new guidelines, the CDC maintains that you should still:

  • Wear a mask and social distance in public.

  • Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings..

  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have concerning symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue)

  • Follow CDC travel requirements and recommendations.

It's been the most challenging 12 months most of us can remember in quite some time. Yet, progress is being made one day at a time. We'll continue to get through this. Be safe and remember to “love your neighbor as yourself”!


Sources:

1) https://www.cdc.gov/.../vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

2) https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2101765


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