People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The CDC says that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask or physically distance themselves from others who are also fully vaccinated or those who are unvaccinated but “are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease.”
But this does not apply to those who’ve been fully vaccinated in group homes, prisons, and other “non-healthcare congregate settings” since they “may face high turnover of residents, a higher risk of transmission, and challenges in maintaining recommended physical distancing.”
Investigations are still ongoing on whether fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus and if they are less likely to experience an asymptomatic infection.
The federal agency says that fully vaccinated persons should continue to practice preventative measures such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing when in public or visiting unvaccinated individuals at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
Walensky says that the guidance will continue to be updated as “more people get vaccinated and the science and evidence expands, and as the disease dynamics of the country change.”
She also said, as of Monday "59 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 31 million or 9.2 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.”