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CDC Releases New COVID Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People

Fully vaccinated grandparents can visit safely with unvaccinated grandchildren

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physically distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday.

It is the first federal public health guidance aimed at resuming some kind of normal activity for people who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shots or one shot of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose, giving the body time to build antibodies against the virus.

"As more Americans are vaccinated, a growing body of evidence now tells us that there are some activities fully vaccinated people can do," the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said during a White House COVID-19 briefing Monday.

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