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New CDC Guidelines for the Vaccinated

Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People


This week on March 8, 2021, the CDC issued “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.” This guidance is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people and will be updated as new data become available. Most importantly, the guidance stipulates that “people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥ 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥ 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)”


The CDC guidance states that 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

As the CDC guidance points out, “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

The actual guidance contains additional detailed information. To read these details go to “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.” The following videos also describe the new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people:

  • CNN’s featuring Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen

  • NBC News featuring CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky

  • CBS News featuring Dr. Ogechika Alozie


For those still seeking a vaccine, you can pre-register any time, any day by going online to vaccinate.dc.gov. You can also pre-register by calling the coronavirus call center at 1-855-363-0333. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm.


If you are already vaccinated, the mayor asks you to reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors and talk to them about their plans to pre-register and get vaccinated.

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