People vaccinated against COVID-19 now exempt from quarantine recommendations

Feb. 12, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, but they should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

The update was added to the agency’s webpage on mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

The guidance applies to people who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, are within three months of their last dose, and are asymptomatic. However, people who have been vaccinated should still follow public health recommendations to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, such as wearing masks and social distancing, the CDC said.

The CDC also said that vaccinated hospital patients and residents in healthcare facilities should continue to quarantine after exposure to a person infected with SARS-CoV-2.

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