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CDC: Fully Vaccinated Can Shed Masks and Resume Travel

May 13, 2021 5:57 pm

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today updated COVID guidance such that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors, can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, and in most places will not need to physically distance. CDC believes these changes will encourage more Americans to get vaccinated.

This new guidance is based on a sharp reduction in cases accompanying the growing number of US adults who have been vaccinated.

The CDC still recommends vaccinated people wear masks on planes, trains, in airports, transit hubs, with mass transit and in hospitals and doctor's offices.  Vaccinated Americans may resume travel and do not need to quarantine after international trips. If exposed to someone who is asymptomatic, COVID-19 positive, vaccinated persons do not need to be tested. Nonetheless, the CDC still recommends against non-essential trips.

CDC endorses mask wearing as required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, even if you are vaccinated. 

The CDC defines fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine).

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