The Doctors note only around 10 percent of America is vaccinated so far and being "fully vaccinated" occurs 2 weeks after receiving the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson and Johnson shot.
Activities that fully vaccinated people can now do, according to The CDC:
- 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
Precautions fully vaccinated people need to continue to practice, says The CDC:
- 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
One area that still remains restricted is travel, even for those fully vaccinated. The CDC has not updated travel recommendations and notes people need to continue to stay home and delay non-essential travel.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explains, "Every time there's a surge in travel, we have a surge of cases in this country... We continue to have high levels of virus around the country, and more readily transmissible variants have now been confirmed in nearly every state, while we work to quickly vaccinate people more and more each day, we have to see this through. Let's stick together. Please keep wearing a well-fitting mask and taking the other public health actions we know work to help stop the spread of this virus."