According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providers have administered more than 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the last three months. On average, 2.2 million Americans are receiving vaccines daily. Although individuals who have been fully vaccinated still need to take certain precautions, the CDC says that they can start to do some of the things they had stopped doing during the pandemic.
The CDC considers people to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series, like the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination. If it has been less than two weeks since you received your shot or you still need to get your second dose, it is critical that you continue to take prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated. Prevention steps that unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals should take include:
We are still learning what impact the approved COVID-19 vaccines have against the spread of the virus. Because there are so many questions about the efficacy of the vaccines, how long vaccinations provide protection to individuals, and how effective they are at reducing transmission rates, everyone – unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals alike – should continue to take basic prevention steps like washing their hands frequently, wearing a mask in public spaces and observing appropriate social distancing guidelines.
For fully vaccinated individuals, however, there are some big changes that most likely come as a relief. According to the CDC updated recommendations, these individuals can:
While it is important to know all the new changes for fully vaccinated individuals, it is equally crucial to know what has not changed. The CDC says that even fully vaccinated individuals should continue to:
We will continue to update our readers on the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations for unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals when the agency releases new information. If you have a legal question or concern about exposure to COVID-19, someone at our firm can help. To learn more, contact a representative online now.
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