Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and other infection control measures for people who are fully vaccinated for coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have produced the first set of guidelines for people who have received either 2 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.1
For the purposes of the guidance, a person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19, ≥2 weeks after receiving the second dose of the 2-dose vaccines and the ≥2 weeks after receiving the vaccine of the single-dose vaccine. The recommendations are also only for non-health care settings.
A fully vaccinated people can:
The guidance also recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to:
For those who are still waiting for a vaccine, as a briefing from Infectious Diseases in America noted, face masking, testing, and social distancing remain key to controlling the spread. Tina Q. Tan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, editor-in-chief of Contemporary Pediatrics noted, “It is still recommended that whether or not you have had a COVID-19 vaccine, you wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene etc. Vaccinated persons can still transmit virus if they are asymptomatically infected. Wearing a mask is especially important in enclosed spaces that may not have good ventilation ie, indoors.”
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Published March 8, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html