NEW YORK (AP) – Fully vaccinated Americans can reunite with other vaccinated people inside without wearing a mask or social distance, according to long-awaited instructions from federal health officials.
Recommendations also say that vaccinated people can be grouped together in the same household with people at low risk of serious illness, as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children or grandchildren.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the guide on Monday.
The guide is designed to address the growing demand as older adults get vaccinated, wondering if it gives them more freedom to visit family, travel or do other things as they did last year with the spread of COVID-19 last year. ,
“Every day, with more and more people being vaccinated, we are starting to bend the corner,” said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, CDC Director.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, he called the leadership a “first step” in restoring the normal gathering of people. He said more action would be good for vaccinated people after the death toll dropped, with more Americans being vaccinated as more knowledge emerged about how vaccinated people could get the virus.
The CDC continues to suggest that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitting masks, avoid large gatherings, and “physically walk away from others when in public.” The CDC also recommends that vaccinees be screened for symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
The CDC guideline does not address people who may have had some degree of immunity from infection ոն recovering from coronavirus.
Officials say the person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of the vaccine. To date, 31 million Americans, or only 9% of the US population, have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
Authorized doses of the vaccine first became available in December; these were products that required two doses of two weeks apart. But since January, a small but growing number of Americans have been fully vaccinated, asking questions such as: “Do I still have to wear a mask?” Can I go to the bar now Can I finally see my grandchildren?
The guide was “welcome news of a uniform that is understandably tired of the epidemic and wants to resume normal operations safely,” said Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood John Onson Foundation, former CDP Executive Director.
“I hope this new guide gives everyone the opportunity to get vaccinated when they can և Give states the patience to go back to the public health roadmap needed to safely reopen their economies and communities,” Besser said.
But some said the leadership was too cautious.
Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska, said leadership is sensible in many ways, except for travel.
The CDC has not changed its travel recommendations, which discourages unnecessary travel փորձ attempts to pass the test within a few days of the trip. It may seem confusing to vaccinated people hoping to visit a family across the country or abroad.
“They need to ease the journey for the vaccinated,” he said. “Immediately publish electronic standards for documents that show if a person is fully vaccinated,” said Khan, a former CDC investigator.
The new guideline also says nothing about visiting restaurants or other places, although governors are lifting business restrictions, said Dr. Lorne Wen, a University of Washington ambulance doctor and former Baltimore Health Commissioner.
Wen said the CDC should have prepared some post-vaccination guidelines in January, when some people first started taking their second dose. And he called Monday’s leadership “extremely cautious.”
“The CDC misses the key opportunity to link vaccination status to reopening guidelines. “By coming out with such limited leadership, they are leaving the window of influence on the state և national policy,” Wen said in an email.
But some people who were fully vaccinated were happy with Monday’s news.
Ruth Michien was among the recipients of the second and final dose of the vaccine at the Stop and Shop supermarket in Woburn, Massachusetts, on Monday morning.
The 91-year-old resident of nearby Burlington said she felt good about having to wear a mask in front of the public and follow other safety instructions, even after being fully vaccinated.
But he told Michien that he was excited to finally be able to take off his mask in front of his three grandchildren. He saw them in person after receiving his first shot about a month ago, but kept the mask.
“I hope they remember me,” he said.
“I have been doing all this for a year, I do not want that year to be wasted,” said Michienti about safety rules. “I think it is wise to wait.”
A couple of customers who were not in line for the shots, despite being openly concerned about the ongoing restrictions, said they would back the tighter travel and social media mandates, even if they were vaccinated more.
Grace McShane, 61, also received her second dose from Melrose on Monday at the same supermarket.
He says he received the right to be vaccinated because he is at high risk, including having a heart attack last year. The caregiver said he was also fine with ongoing restrictions, even after being vaccinated.
“Even if you are vaccinated, it is better to be safe than sorry. This is just normal. “It’s a part of life, you just have to adapt to it,” McShane said.
He said he was looking forward to hugging his three grandchildren without wearing a mask. Her older children have also been vaccinated as key workers, he said.
“Just hug them, hug them,” McShane said. “That’s what I want to do.”
Associated Press reporter Phil Marcelo in Boston keekeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.
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