Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 4:26 pm CST.
By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States said today that people who are fully vaccinated can visit family and friends who are not vaccinated, but should do so a household at a time, not go from one house to another, according to a CNN report.
“In the setting that the unvaccinated people are from a single household, and all the unvaccinated people are at low risk of severe Covid-19 illness, no prevention measures are needed, so these visits could happen indoors with no mask or physical distancing,” said Tami Skoff, CDC epidemiologist on the Clinical Guidelines Team of the Vaccine Task Force.
CNN reported that CDC officials said that even fully vaccinated grandparents should not take their grandchildren to churches or expose them to any crowds.
“And the example we like to give here is fully vaccinated grandparents can visit with their unvaccinated daughter and her unvaccinated children, assuming none of them are at high risk of severe disease. These visits can be done indoors with no masks or physical distancing,” Skoff said during a CDC webinar.
These recommendations however do not apply to people who just recently got the first dose of a double shot vaccine, they only apply to people who have received both doses and two weeks have passed since. In the case of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson, to be fully vaccinated, it is also after two weeks.
Skoff said evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and are therefore potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.
“There’s a lot of accumulating evidence that the currently available vaccines really helped to reduce or stop the spread of this virus from fully vaccinated people to others,” she said.
CDC said there are two exceptions that would require everyone to follow standard precautions such as physical distancing and wearing a mask. One is when the unvaccinated people being visited are at increased risk of severe Covid-19, such as older adults, pregnant women, or people with Down Syndrome, among others. The second situation is if more than two unvaccinated households are mixing.
CNN quotes Skoff saying that “According to the CDC recommendations, if unvaccinated persons from more than one household are participating in a visit, then these visits should continue to happen outside and everyone regardless of vaccination status should be physically distanced and wearing well-fitted masks.”
CNN reported that Dr. Cynthia Ogden of CDC’s Covid emergency response team said that even fully vaccinated people need to be careful when traveling because no vaccine is perfect. That a small number of people could still get infected with Covid-19 after getting fully vaccinated and they could spread the virus to unvaccinated people.
CNN reported that Ogden said are ongoing studies on how well the vaccines reduce the spread of the virus.
“We will be closely watching the trends in cases over the next month,” Ogden said. “Until more is known and vaccine coverage increases, some preventive measures will continue to be necessary for all people, regardless of vaccination status.”
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