New guidance for the ‘fully vaccinated’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

In non-healthcare settings, there are some things you can do if you are fully vaccinated: 

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing 
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing  

If you are fully vaccinated, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are: 

It’s also important to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, follow guidance issued by individual employers, and follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

OHA has updated its face covering guidancegathering guidance and travel recommendations to align with these changes. 

This article first appeared in the March 12, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.