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CDC Issues New Guidance for Covid-19 Vaccinated Population

As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more widely administered the CDC has issued updated guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated.

A person is considered fully vaccinated either:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If it has been less than 2 weeks since you received your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected and must still abide by Covid-19 policies and requirements surrounding social distancing.

If a person is fully vaccinated, the new relaxed CDC Covid-19 guidelines outline that a person may now do the following:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility, dormitory setting or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Despite the loosening of Covid-19 guidelines once fully vaccinated, every person should still take steps to protect others, by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart and avoiding crowds when in public or gathering or visiting unvaccinated people, especially at the workplace. It is very important for employers to continue to implement and remind employees of their Covid-19 policies and protocols to ensure the workplace stays healthy. To learn more about the new CDC guidelines and how it affects your business, and/or to ensure your Covid-19 protocols are Cal/OSHA compliant, contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.


This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.


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