Updated CDC Guidelines on Vaccinations

March 10, 2021

The CDC updated their COVID-19 guidelines on March 8, 2021 for people who are vaccinated. Those who have been fully vaccinated are safe to: 

  • Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks
  • Do not need to quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19 unless symptoms are present

Of course, those who are immunocompromised or have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.

It is still unclear how long immunity lasts after being vaccinated, how effective these vaccines are against certain variants, and just how much vaccines mitigate the spread of COVID-19 from person-to-person contact. Bearing these unknowns in mind, the CDC cautions everyone to continue wearing a mask in public places, maintaining physical distancing, avoiding crowded spaces, as well as getting tested if COVID-19 symptoms occur, even if they are fully vaccinated (1).