As COVID-19 vaccinations become more readily available to the public, many elderly individuals are receiving their doses. As we take the steps to overcome this pandemic, the CDC has released public health recommendations for those who have received their vaccines. These guidelines consider someone “fully vaccinated” after they wait at least 2 weeks after their final dose.

Vaccinated Individuals and Loosened Restrictions

When fully vaccinated, the CDC is allowing the following actions. You can visit other fully vaccinated individuals indoors without masks or social distancing. You can visit people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID symptoms without a mask or social distancing. Additionally, the CDC states that you can refrain from quarantining and testing after exposure to COVID-19 if you are asymptomatic. In the event that you do develop symptoms, you should get tested and follow quarantine procedures for your area.

What Fully Vaccinated Individuals Should Continue Doing

Although you are vaccinated, you may still be susceptible to some strains of the coronavirus. Additionally, you may be able to pass the virus on to others if you are exposed to it. As such, the CDC suggests the following protocols. You should still wear a tight-fitting mask over your mouth and nose when in public. Continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Wear masks and practice social distancing when visiting a home with an unvaccinated individual(s) who may be a high risk for severe COVID-19. You should still wear masks and maintain social distance when visiting unvaccinated people from multiple households.

Furthermore, continue to avoid larger gatherings. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. Continue following health and safety guidance from your employers. Additionally, follow health and safety ordinances from your local, state, or federal governance.

Further Vaccination information

For more information, visit the CDC FAQ page for the vaccine. Additionally, there is an 83-page document from NYS on their vaccination program.

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SafeHarbor is working 24 hours to continue providing safe and quality home care services during COVID-19. Let us know if we can help you during these difficult times. Information regarding the novel coronavirus is changing daily. For more up-to-date information, check the CDC and WHO websites.