July 27, 2021

CDC Updates “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People”

On July 27th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this guidance.  The CDC explains the updates are in consideration of “new evidence of the…Delta variant circulating in the United States.”

Some highlights include the following recommendations:

  • for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission;
  • fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • for fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result; and
  • universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

The guidance also notes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a plan to provide COVID-19 booster shots in the Fall.  Stay tuned!

P.S.  Check out the August 13th news story for OSHA’s announcement following suit.