On March 08, 2021, the CDC ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html) clarified what’s possible if you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19, which occurs 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Moderna vaccine, or after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, both of which are available from the HIS clinic.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can:
Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing, AND
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, AND
You don’t have to quarantine and get tested if you’ve been around someone with COVID-19 if you don’t have any symptoms.
Who’s “low risk for severe COVID-19 disease?” If you’re younger than 65 years old, don’t have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and even pregnancy, then you’re probably “low risk.” But if you’re not sure, check out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html to see if you’re “low risk.”
These new recommendations only work when you’re spending time with family and friends indoors. When you’re out in public, it’s still recommended that you continue all the precautions you’ve been taking for months because you don’t know if others have COVID-19 since they may not have symptoms. Also, you should still not get together with unvaccinated people from many households. So, if you want to get together with family and friends, do so outdoors, give yourselves plenty of space, and if you’re closer than six feet, make sure to wear your face coverings. And of course, if you’re not feeling well, stay home so you don’t put others at risk.