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New CDC Recommendations for Vaccinated People

Earlier this week, the CDC updated their Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. The guidelines ease restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated*, and include a variety of activities that do not require a mask.

Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may now:

  • Exercise outdoors with members of your household without a mask

  • Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends without a mask

Fully vaccinated individuals can also:

  • Attend a small outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people without a mask

  • Dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households without a mask

Masks should still be worn at crowded outdoor events, and during any indoor activity that takes place in a public setting, such as a hair salon, place of worship or restaurant. The complete infographic on CDC’s recommendations for choosing safer activities can be found here.

When it comes to private, indoor gatherings, fully vaccinated people can:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or social distancing

  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks and social distancing, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The CDC encourages everyone to monitor how COVID-19 is spreading in your community and adjust your activities accordingly. Stay on top of the latest data in your community by visiting DC’s Coronavirus website.

Are You Fully Vaccinated?


In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.


*Note: If you who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider for guidance.

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