The CDC Says that Fully Vaccinated Workers Do Not Need to Wear Masks – Sort Of

The CDC Says that Fully Vaccinated Workers Do Not Need to Wear Masks – Sort OfIn an effort to motivate more Americans to take one of the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC issued new Guidance yesterday that slightly loosens the restrictions on those of us who have been fully vaccinated. If you have been fully vaccinated (meaning that you have received both shots, if applicable), the CDC now says that:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

So, if everyone working on your floor or in your group has been fully vaccinated, you can gather together without wearing masks.  However, even if you have been fully vaccinated, you should still:

  • Take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • In public;
    • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household; or
    • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.
  • Avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.  
  • Delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you will still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
  • Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • Follow guidance at your workplace.

You can find the Guidance here:

This is clearly still a moving target, so keep an eye out for further CDC Guidance.

 Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.

Written By: Jerry L. Stovall, Jr.

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