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With the spring season in full swing, people will feel like going out for outdoor activities even as the COVID pandemic continues. The CDC has released guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated to consider as they leave the house. 

The eligibility to get vaccinated in Alabama has been expanded, which means that more and more people will be traveling as well, prompting the CDC to release these guidelines.  

"For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 [more than two] weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or [more than two] weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen)," the guide reads. 

The CDC says that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to do the following in a non-healthcare setting: 

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

However, with this in mind, the CDC also says that fully vaccinated people should still take precautions. The center recommends the following: 

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

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