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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released some positive news today (March 8) regarding guidelines following receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Per the CDC’s website, people that are fully vaccinated can now safely “…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.”

The CDC adds, “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, the CDC does note, “If you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility 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.”

The CDC said in a media statement, “This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities…For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter and her healthy children without wearing masks or physical distancing, provided none of the unvaccinated family members are at risk of severe COVID-19.”

The CDC defines being “fully vaccinated” as having two weeks pass following the second dose of a two-shot vaccine or having two weeks pass following a single-dose vaccine.

The CDC still advises those who are fully vaccinated to continue wearing masks and socially distancing while “in public places, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.” Medium and large-sized gatherings are still not recommended, nor is domestic or international travel.

Per the CDC’s COVID vaccine data, 12 percent of the United States population over the age of 18 have received the second dose of the two-shot COVID vaccine that is currently being distributed.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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