CDC issues new guidance for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19

‘This isn’t a free-for-all,’ says epidemiologist Dr. Stephanie Silvera

New guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated, issued Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, likely will be an added incentive for people to register for their vaccination.

Among the agency’s new guidelines: Those who are fully vaccinated can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks or without needing to use social distancing. They also can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks or distancing if no one is at high risk. The CDC says that people should still wear masks and socially distance in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households or unvaccinated people at high risk.

“This isn’t … a free-for-all, everybody rip of their mask and have parties; this is a cautious step forward to have a little more freedom for those who are fully vaccinated, to get together,” said epidemiologist Dr. Stephanie Silvera of Montclair State University, adding, “What we don’t want is for someone fully vaccinated to come into contact with somebody who is unvaccinated and at high risk. What this pandemic has taught us is to look at risk as a community and not as an individual.” Correspondent Raven Santana reports.

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