CDC updates guidance for fully vaccinated individuals
May 05, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update its guidance for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19
, although most recommended precautions, such as the use of personal protective equipment, remain the same for health care settings
, including dental offices.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated when it has been at least two weeks since they received the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. As of late April, the CDC's updated health care infection prevention and control recommendations in response to COVID-19 vaccination
included the following guidelines for fully vaccinated health care personnel:
• Personnel with higher-risk exposures who are asymptomatic do not need to be restricted from work for 14 days following their exposure.
• Personnel who have traveled should continue to follow CDC travel recommendations and requirements, including restriction from work, when recommended for any traveler.
• Personnel with symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should receive a viral test immediately.
• Asymptomatic personnel with a higher-risk exposure, regardless of their vaccination status, should have a series of two viral tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In these situations, testing is recommended immediately and five to seven days after exposure. Higher-risk exposures generally involve exposure of their eyes, nose or mouth to material potentially containing SARS-CoV-2, particularly if they were present in the room during an aerosol-generating procedure and not wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. People with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the last 90 days do not need to be tested if they remain asymptomatic, even if they have a known contact.
• Recommendations for use of personal protective equipment by health care personnel remain unchanged.
• Fully vaccinated individuals can be excluded from expanded screening SARS-CoV-2 testing performed by health care facilities for asymptomatic personnel who do not have a known exposure.
The CDC will continue to update its recommendations for health care settings as new information becomes available.
In its interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people
, the CDC states fully vaccinated individuals outside of health care settings may:
• Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
• Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household, including children, who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 without wearing masks or physical distancing while indoors.
• Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues.
• Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantining after travel.
• Refrain from testing before leaving the U.S. for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the U.S.
• Refrain from testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
• Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
• Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible.
However, as of late April, the CDC advised fully vaccinated people should continue to:
• Take precautions in indoor public settings, such as wearing a well-fitted mask.
• Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 or have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19.
• Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
• Avoid indoor, 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.
For more information, visit CDC.gov