Mar 8, 2021 - Health

CDC gives fully vaccinated thumbs-up

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Fully vaccinated people can begin taking reasonable steps toward normal life, the CDC said today.

Why it matters: Less than 10% of the U.S. population meets this metric, but it provides hope after a year of isolation for many people.

Among the CDC recommendations for those who got their final dose at least two weeks ago:

  • Can see their families indoors maskless, provided they're local and no one is at risk for severe illness.
  • Can congregate indoors maskless with other fully vaccinated people.
  • No need to quarantine if exposed to COVID but free of symptoms.

The big picture: Fully vaccinated people are being asked to continue wearing masks and social distancing in public, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.

  • The CDC isn't adjusting travel guidance because a majority of Americans remain unvaccinated.

The bottom line: A record 2.9 million vaccine doses were administered Saturday, WashPost reports.

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