Before the reader goes further, I want to be sure to indicate that this information contained in this article is true as of April 20, 2021.

The number of people vaccinated against the Coronavirus is increasing each week. Because of this increase, the CDC is relaxing some of its public health recommendations for the fully vaccinated individual. A fully vaccinated individual is defined as someone who is two (2) weeks out from their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks out from their single shot of the J&J vaccine.

The recommendations took into account the risks to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The background information on which these recommendations were made is more than I can give you in this article; however, the effectiveness of the vaccines and the potential for transmissibility, along with other factors, were used.

Fully vaccinated people can share meals and private home activities with other fully vaccinated people without masks or physical distancing. Fully vaccinated people may also do things with unvaccinated family and friends; however, masking and physical distancing should be used if the unvaccinated individuals are at high risk of COVID-19 (health care or nursing home personnel, for example) or if multiple households of unvaccinated people are mixing together.

Keep in mind that fully vaccinated people may still acquire the virus, but may be asymptomatic and still able to transmit the disease. At least one variant has been shown to have less vaccine protection (South African variant) and this variant may be acquired and transmitted.