The CDC’s New Mask Guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new mask guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated from COVID-19.  

How to know if you are fully vaccinated?

People are considered fully vaccinated if:

  • It has been two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.1
  • It has been two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.1

It is important to note that if you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated.1

What you can begin to do after being fully vaccinated

  • Go outside without a mask on except in certain crowded settings and venues.1
  • Have a small outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated friends or family.2
  • Going outside for some exercise with members of your own household while social distancing with others.2
  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.1
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not have to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.1
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.3

What you should keep doing

  • Wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings.1
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers.1
  • Avoid large indoor gatherings.1

The infographic below, from the CDC, shows which activities the organization considers safe to do unmasked outside:2

Image Source: © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The infographic below demonstrates the relative risks of doing activities indoors during the pandemic.2

Image Source: © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information on choosing safer activities, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html

UPDATE as of May 13th, 2021: The CDC now states that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.3 Additionally, the CDC states that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.3 Learn more about the updated guidelines here: Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC

How can Tria Health Help?

Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play a vital role in the management of high-risk patients. With Tria, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins, supplements and lifestyle habits. Your pharmacist will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. For more information of how the COVID-19 vaccine works, check out our blog post on the safety of vaccinations: https://triahealthblog.com/2021/01/04/safety-of-vaccinations/.

Questions?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
  2. The CDC’s new mask guidance explained in 2 handy charts – one for outdoors, one for indoors (msn.com)
  3. Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC

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