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7 tips for fully vaccinated Americans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 7 tips for those who recently got the full vaccination against COVID-19

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Darren Peterson, left, get the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Nichole Makaafi at a drive-thru vaccination clinic at Intermountain Healthcare’s The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray on Thursday, March 4, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seven tips for those who recently got the full vaccination against COVID-19

Darren Peterson, left, get the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Nichole Makaafi at a drive-thru vaccination clinic at Intermountain Healthcare’s The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Murray on Thursday, March 4, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seven tips for those who recently got the full vaccination against COVID-19.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a list of activities vaccinated individuals can do amid the pandemic, and it includes some tips on how to stay safe.

The guidance includes a few activities that fully vaccinated Americans can do — like visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors, or with low-risk Americans, too. But the guidance also includes a list of tips for those who have become fully vaccinated.

  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after getting one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The tips from the CDC include:

  • You should wear a mask and keep social distancing when in public.
  • Wear a mask, keep social distancing and adhere to public health guidelines when you’re around someone who is at severe risk of COVID-19.
  • If you’re visiting multiple households at once, continue to wear a mask and socially distance yourself from others.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. (It does not specify what those size limits are.)
  • Follow any guidance issued by your employers.
  • Follow all CDC and health department guidelines when it comes to travel.

Context

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday that this guidance is merely the first step in the return to normal, according to NPR. She said it’s important to remember that we’re still in a pandemic.

  • “We believe these recommendations are an important first step in our efforts to resume everyday activities in our communities,” she said. “However, we remain in the midst of a serious pandemic, and still over 90% of our population is not fully vaccinated, though we are working hard to get there.”

Bigger picture

Bloomberg’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker says 92.1 million doses have been administered with 2.17 million given out per day. The New York Times reports that more than 30 million people in the United States — 8% of the population — have received either two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.