KANSAS CITY, MO. – When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, some questions still remain.
When are you fully vaccinated?
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday that people are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Can you still be contagious after a full vaccination?
The CDC also recommended testing people who have been vaccinated if they develop symptoms related to COVID-19. However, Monday’s guidelines did not address immunity levels.
“I think the biggest thing we need to avoid in the future is mostly these really big, up-close events,” said Dr. Larry Botts, Chief Medical Officer, Advent Health Shawnee Mission. “Big crowds in a small space. That’ll be the last thing I think we can make it safely.”
Can you stop wearing a mask
No – masks and physical distance are still recommended in public, even if fully vaccinated
And the CDC said it was not changing its tour guide – and continues to advise against it.
“Every time there is an increase in travel, there is an increase in cases in this country,” Walensky said. “We know that many of our variants have emerged from international countries, and we know that the travel corridor is a place where people mix a lot. We are really trying to stop travel in this current era.”