People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely congregate with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physical distancing, even if these people have not yet shot, the centers said Disease control and prevention on Monday

This is the first federal public health guideline aimed at resuming normal activity for people who received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shot or a shot of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose, which gives the body time to build antibodies to the virus

“As more Americans get vaccinated, growing body of evidence gives us some activities that fully vaccinated people can do,” said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said during a Covid-19 briefing at the White House on Monday
The latest science, Walensky said, suggests that fully vaccinated people can congregate indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing face coverings or practicing physical distancing, the agency said Gather in a small group like another household, even if that household has not been vaccinated

“For example,” the CDC wrote in a statement, “fully vaccinated grandparents can go indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter and healthy children without masks or physical distance, provided none of the unvaccinated family members are at serious risk exposed”COVID-19” Risk groups include people over the age of 65 or people with underlying health problems such as heart disease or cancer

For everyone else, “this is a very welcome guide,” said Dr Richard Besser, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Former Acting Director of the CDC “This opens the door for grandparents to meet their masked children and grandchildren indoors and have a nice group hug”

However, the new guidelines do not suggest that fully vaccinated people can come back to life as they were in 2019

In public or around others prone to Covid-19 complications, mitigation measures should keep the status quo, said the CDC Keep Up Handwashing, keep wearing masks in public places and keep going Physical Distancing Guidelines Avoid Overcrowded Areas Check For Covid-19 Tests If Symptoms Occur

Furthermore, vaccination doesn’t mean people can move around the country freely, the CDC said people should continue to follow their local health department’s travel recommendations

“I want to stress that we continue to have high levels of the virus across the country and that more easily transmissible variants have been confirmed in almost all states,” said Walensky. “As we work to vaccinate people faster every day we get through this “

The guidelines were originally expected but delayed last week, the CDC said to give the agency time to tweak the language to make it clear to the general public

More than 90 million doses have been administered, according to the CDC’s vaccine tracker – that’s nearly 59 million people who received at least one dose and more than 30 million who received two doses

That means that only about 10 percent of the US. Population Considered Fully Vaccinated The Biden government has promised enough vaccines for every American by the end of May

There are currently three vaccines in use nationwide. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines each require two doses three to four weeks apart

Safety and effectiveness of booster vaccinations for Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are currently under research

Erika Edwards is a health and medical news writer and reporter for NBC News and “TODAY” “


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