This week, the CDC has released new public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This is their first set of guidance and will continue to be updated as more people are vaccinated and the spread of COVID-19 slows. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their final dose of vaccine (2 shots for Moderna & Pfizer, 1 shot for Johnson & Johnson). Please see below for some highlights.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- 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
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
- Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
- Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
Please keep in mind that these guidelines are in contrast to what Cal/OSHA is currently mandating through their Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). It is expected that Cal/OSHA will update their ETS in the near future so that it may include guidance for those who have been vaccinated, as well as align itself with other existing COVID-19 bills that have been passed.
As always, this is a changing landscape and we at GSRMA are here to help you and your agency understand how these recommendations may effect your agency. Please reach out to our Member Services Department if you have any questions.