With the number of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at 31 million and climbing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants the public to know what behaviors are acceptable or not acceptable after full immunization. Once two weeks have passed since receiving a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-part vaccine, the regulator stipulates in its new guidelines, fully vaccinated people can gather with unvaccinated family and friends without using masks or observing social distancing.

However, prevention measures should be maintained in the event that unvaccinated participants at gatherings are at risk for severe COVID-19 or if there are unvaccinated members of multiple households present. In light of the many unknowns regarding COVID-19 and fully vaccinated people, CDC plans to revise its recommendations as vaccination coverage widens, disease dynamics for the United States evolve and new data emerge. Regardless of vaccination status, CDC encourages the general population to continue masking in public or in the presence of high-risk individuals, avoiding large get-togethers and putting off unnecessary travel.

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