Federal health officials said Monday that fully vaccinated people can socialize together indoors in small groups without taking any preventative measures such as wearing a mask or social distancing if it takes place at least two weeks after completing their COVID-19 vaccination regimen. This includes people who have received both doses of the Pfizer Inc. (NYS:PFE) or Moderna Inc. (NAS:MRNA) vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (NYS:JNJ) vaccine. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also said during a White House briefing that vaccinated households can socialize indoors with one other unvaccinated household without taking preventative measures (as long as no one in the unvaccinated group is at high risk for severe disease), and that vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after being exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 as long as they do not have symptoms. The CDC's new guidance does not address travel. Walensky also noted that "there is still a small risk that vaccinated people could become infected with milder or asymptomatic disease and potentially even transmit the virus to others who are not vaccinated."
March 8, 2021, 11:37 a.m. EST