Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

May 13, 2021

Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People



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  • The CDC released updated guidance as of May 13, 2021 that fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks after a single dose vaccine or 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine) no longer need to wear face coverings or physically distance in most indoor and outdoor settings regardless of crowd size. Officials at the CDC justified the revised recommendations based on several recent studies showing that COVID-19 vaccines are >90% effective in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 in real-world settings. However, mask wearing even by those fully vaccinated is recommended when visiting healthcare facilities, traveling by public transportation or going to transportation hubs, or visiting prisons, jails, or homeless centers. The updated CDC recommendations do not supersede state, local, or tribal laws and regulations or local rules for businesses and workplaces. 

CDC (May 13, 2021). Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People.