The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can resume their normal lives.
According to the new guidelines, those who have received the required vaccinations are allowed to visit with other vaccinated people as well as some unvaccinated people.
According to the CDC, people are considered protected two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose.
So far, more than 30 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
At Monday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, health officials announced the new safety guidelines.
Fully vaccinated Americans can, according to the recommendations:
Meet with other fully vaccinated people inside, without masks or social barriers.
If you are at low risk for severe illness from the virus, meet indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household.
When exposed to Covid-19, they should not undergo testing or quarantine unless symptoms appear, but they should continue to:
Excessive crowds and non-essential travel should be avoided.
Continue to cover your face and maintain a social distance in public.
According to the CDC, there is still a chance that vaccinated people could spread the disease to the unvaccinated because data on the subject is limited. The new guidelines, in particular, recommend wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance from people who have not been vaccinated and may be at risk of serious Covid-related complications.
The number of inoculations per day in the United States has recently increased. To date, over 90 million vaccines have been given out.
The addition of a third vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, to the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech versions has also aided supply.
Covid-19, however, remains a serious concern, according to health officials.
About 90% of the population is now unvaccinated, according to CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky.
“It is our duty to ensure that those who are vulnerable are protected in the face of 60,000 new cases every day.”
About 29 million virus infections and 525,000 deaths have been recorded in the United States.
“As more people get vaccinated and research and evidence expands,” Dr. Walensky said, the guidelines will be revised.
Mr. Slavitt described the morning as “very promising” but added that there were “continued warning signals for the future.”
According to the Associated Press, the current guidance is “far too cautious,” according to Dr. Leana Wen, a public health specialist and retired Baltimore health commissioner.
The CDC is “missing a big chance to tie vaccination status with reopening guidance,” according to Dr. Wen.
“They are losing the window to shape state and national policies by issuing such narrow guidance,” she added.
On Monday, more than 20 travel and aviation organizations wrote to the White House, urging the administration to establish a temporary health documentation scheme to improve travel.
The organization said that vaccination should not be made a “requirement for domestic or foreign travel.”
On Monday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden would give his first primetime speech on Thursday, marking the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 lockout.
Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that by the end of May, the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccines for every adult.