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CDC Relaxes Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

****New York state's mask mandate will remain in effect as state health officials review new federal guidance****

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its updated Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, allowing people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to stop wearing masks or maintain social distance in most settings. The guidance will be updated and expanded based on the current spread of the virus, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the evolving science around vaccines. While the CDC recommendations do not apply to health care settings, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is working on related guidance that will include information for health care professionals. For the purposes of the CDC recommendations that follow, “people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance

  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel

  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States

  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings

  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic

  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

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