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Fully Vaccinated People Don't Need to Wear Masks Under Certain Conditions, CDC Says

The agency says that fully vaccinated people should still continue to exercise caution around unvaccinated individuals.


On Tuesday, the CDC issued a series of guidelines on outdoor mask use for vaccinated people

According to the agency, those who are fully vaccinated can now take part in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask — provided that the venue they're in isn't crowded. Fully vaccinated people can also visit other people who are fully vaccinated indoors without having to wear a mask or socially distance. Likewise, individuals who are least 14 days out from either their second shot of Moderna or Pfizer or single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can resume domestic and international travel without having to test or self-quarantine — unless the destination they're traveling to requires them to take a Covid-19 test. If exposed to someone who does have the virus, fully vaccinated people, in most instances, do not need to quarantine or test for Covid-19 so long as they are asymptomatic.

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Despite these guidelines, the CDC also urged those who received the necessary doses of the vaccine to continue to exercise caution. Currently, fully vaccinated people should keep wearing masks in indoor public settings or around unvaccinated people who are at risk of severely experiencing Covid-19. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to avoid large indoor gatherings, wear a mask when visiting people from multiple households and get tested if they experience Covid-19 symptoms. 

Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask around unvaccinated people who are at low risk of getting the virus, such as most younger children. 

Currently, more than 141 million people in the U.S. have received the first of the two-dose vaccines, while nearly 97 million people are fully vaccinated, the CDC notes. 

Justin Chan

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Justin Chan is a news writer at Previously, he was a trending news editor at Verizon Media, where he covered entrepreneurship, lifestyle, pop culture, and tech. He was also an assistant web editor at Architectural Record, where he wrote on architecture, travel, and design. Chan has additionally written for Forbes, Reader's Digest, Time Out New YorkHuffPost, Complex, and Mic. He is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he studied magazine journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @jchan1109.