It has been over one year since the Covid-19 virus became a worldwide pandemic and we were all required to isolate ourselves at home. Even though at some point the pandemic felt eternal, with the development of vaccines by different pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca and BioNTech, life around the globe may start to return to normal within the next year.
At this moment, the Covid-19 vaccine is being administered for free by most governments. In the United States, for example, each state has developed a vaccination plan, starting with the populations that are a higher risk of complications if they were to get infected with the virus. If you’re inside the United States and you’d like to obtain more information about the vaccination plan in the state you’re currently residing in, please contact the Health Department of your state.
On March 8th, 2021, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) released recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated on what they should and shouldn’t do, including:
Can I visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing?
The answer is YES, you can!
Can I visit unvaccinated friends and family without wearing a mask indoors?
The answer is YES, you can. The CDC does, however, recommend you visit at a single household and only if the people living there are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, meaning their age group isn’t a risky population and they don’t have any health conditions that may put them at higher risk of complications arising from a COVID-19 infection. Keep in mind that the more households you visit, the higher risk of infection to you and those close to you.
Can a fully vaccinated person refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure?
The answer is YES but only if the person does not develop symptoms of the disease after exposure.
Can fully vaccinated people travel within the United States and internationally?
YES! According to the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated can travel within the US and internationally, without the need of getting a Covid test or quarantining before or after traveling.
Note: Since each person’s body responds differently to the vaccine, it might take longer for some people than others to create immunity to the virus, and if we also take into consideration that a great number of the population hasn’t been vaccinated yet (such as young adults and children) we recommend that you keep taking the following precautions:
- Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you are out in public.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance if you are visiting unvaccinated people who are at an increased risk for severe Covid-19.
- Avoid medium or large sized crowds.
- If you start showing symptoms of Covid-19, get tested immediately.
The Covid-19 pandemic might finally be reaching its end with the development of these vaccines, however, until enough people have received their full dose of the vaccine, we strongly encourage you to keep taking precautions.
Please visit our Covid-19 page if you’d like to read more useful information about how to stay safe during the lockdown