March 5, 2021 -- The CDC is expected to soon release guidelines on safe activities for fully vaccinated people, Politico and other news organizations reported.
The CDC will recommend that vaccinated people try to only socialize with other vaccinated people at home. They should still wear masks elsewhere while observing other safety measures, such as social distancing, reported Politico, citing two unnamed senior administration officials.
In describing the upcoming guidance during a news briefing Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical officer, said:
“I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated, and a husband and wife doubly vaccinated, and maybe a next-door neighbor who you know are doubly vaccinated,” Fauci said. “Small gatherings in the home of people, I think you can clearly feel that the risk — the relative risk is so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home.”
The new guidance was expected to be released today, but Politico reported later the rules have been delayed. A new date for publishing is not yet clear.
When published, the CDC guidance is expected to describe how vaccinated Americans should respond in certain scenarios, such as while traveling, Politico said.
The guidance comes as more people become vaccinated and coronavirus cases and deaths decline across the country, yet health experts warn that “normalcy” remains a long way off.
However, some state governments are already relaxing safety restrictions. Hard-hit Texas, for example, is lifting the statewide mask mandates and plans to lift other COVID restrictions soon.
The CDC says that 102.3 million doses of vaccine have been distributed and 78.6 doses administered. About 26.1 million people have received both doses of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. About 10.2% of the U.S. population over age 18 has received both doses, the CDC says.
Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine received emergency use authorization last week, which means the amount of available vaccine should soon increase.