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CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need masks, physical distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, May 13, that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to mask up or social distance indoors and outdoors, including crowds. You’re considered fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since you’ve received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, at a White House briefing.


If you’ve been fully vaccinated, here’s what you can start to do, according to the CDC:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, public transportation, healthcare facilities, and the workplace.
  • If you travel IN the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling OUTSIDE the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.


If you have not been vaccinated, or received your second dose, or you HAVE received your second dose but it’s been less than two weeks, the CDC advises you continue to mask up and keep your distance.


 “The science is also very clear about unvaccinated people. You remain at risk of mild or severe illness, of death, or spreading the disease to others,” Dr. Walensky added. “You should still mask, and you should get vaccinated right away."



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