The CDC is finalizing guidelines for people who’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. Here’s what we can expect.
After months of inoculations, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is finalizing guidelines for those people who’ve been vaccinated, including whether or not they’re able to gather with others in person and they’re public behavior when they’re out of their homes.
The CDC has been explicit in its orientations, for the past year advising for social distancing measures and mask wearing for people who come from different households, suggesting that virtual means are the safest way of socializing with others.
According to Politico, the new guidelines for vaccinated people will allow them to meet up with small groups of people of different households without much of a risk. Still, those who’ve been vaccinated will still have to comply with other safety measures, like wearing masks in public and maintaining social distance. These guidelines are expected to be finalized by the end of the week and released at some point after.
People who have received both shots are now the group at lowest risk for the virus, with science suggesting that they should be able to return to a semblance of normalcy sooner rather than later. Still, some experts are concerned with the speed in which states are loosening up safety and distancing measures due to the shift in the pandemic, which could make a comeback if people are not careful.
“The goal in those first 100 days has always been to sort of make sure that we are in a place to be out of this pandemic,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “At 70,000 cases per day, we’re not in that place right now.”
It remains important for people to be patient and to avoid significant movement and exposure to the virus. The rate of reopening businesses and other public institutions must be on par with the rate of inoculations. Thanks to a third vaccine in circulation, this process will hopefully pick up in the coming weeks.