The CDC’s latest COVID-19 guidance allows fully vaccinated Americans to gather in the same household without masks or social distancing.
The same guidance applies for gathering with unvaccinated low-risk people such as children, or those with COVID-19 antibodies.
Those who have received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine are considered fully vaccinated. By CDC recommended, fully vaccinated individuals must also wait two weeks after their final dose to take the guidelines into consideration.
“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday. “We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love.”
This new guidance applies to small gatherings and the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated people not gather in large groups. They should also avoid people at high-risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, wear masks in public and abide by social distancing guidelines.
Another CDC advisement, Monday, asked that vaccinated people get tested for COVID-19 when feeling symptoms. While the vaccine has been highly effective against severe symptoms, hospitalizations and deaths, it is still possible to contract the virus in a lesser severity.
The CDC expects to allow more activities for vaccinated individuals when COVID-19 cases decrease and higher vaccination rates occur.