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CDC Declares Fully Inoculated Individuals Can Ditch Face Coverings in Private


CDC Declares Fully Inoculated Individuals Can Ditch Face Coverings in Private

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Aside from trips to the grocery store, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been in the general proximity of another individual. Personally, I don’t mind too much as I’m peculiar in that way, but my parents have been eager to pay me a visit. With my mother recently receiving her initial Pfizer dose and my father being fully immunized for a couple of months now, the opportunity for their visit might arrive sooner than expected.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled some fresh revisions to their COVID-19 guidelines, and for those who have completed their requisite vaccinations, there’s reason to celebrate. As per the updated guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals (having received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) can now convene in small indoor groups without masks or the need for social distancing. Hugs, kisses, handshakes – all those gestures are once again permissible. Moreover, this relaxation of restrictions extends to fully vaccinated grandparents engaging with healthy children and grandchildren, given that younger individuals are deemed lower-risk.

“I trust that this novel guidance will spur everyone to get immunized as soon as they are able and inspire states to adhere to the public health plan necessary for a safe reopening of their economies and communities,” remarked Dr. Richard Besser, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former CDC acting director.

Naturally, this doesn’t mean you can start licking doorknobs. For crowded public spaces, the CDC still recommends mask-wearing and social distancing, regardless of vaccination status. While the vaccine provides protection from the severe impacts of the virus, there remains a chance of contracting and transmitting it if precautions are not observed; hence, a basic level of safety is still warranted until a broader segment of the population is vaccinated.

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