According to new guidelines recently set down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those individuals who have been fully vaccinated, meaning having had both shots of either current government-approved vaccines, can skip being quarantined if they are found to have been exposed to someone carrying the virus.
The CDC stated that they are not saying that we should stop taking precautions, just that it is not necessary for those vaccinated to quarantine. In an update on their website as to the new guidelines, the CDC stated: "Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19."
The criteria state that the individual must be fully vaccinated—in that having both of the vaccination shots, with at least two weeks between the shots as it is believed that it takes that long for the complete immunity to build up in the system.
The CDC states that not enough is known about the vaccination regarding how long the effects and protections will last. For this reason, any individuals who had their last vaccination three months or more ago should still take precautions and quarantine if they feel they have been exposed are begin to show symptoms.
According to the CDC: "This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation." The agency also stated that updates would be made to the guidelines as more is learned.
Those individuals who have been fully vaccinated are cautioned to watch for any symptoms for up to 14 days after they have had the possibility of having been exposed to an infected individual. Also, the CDC emphasizes that anyone, whether they have been vaccinated or not, needs to continue to follow the set down protocols out of precaution. Even those vaccinated individuals are capable of harboring the virus in their nose and throat and can pass it on to others.
The CDC cautions that: At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidelines to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and follow any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or SARS-CoV-2 testing.”
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