Melissa Wheeler, Farm Bureau

The North Bend Eagle


CDC loosens some restrictions on vaccinated people

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/10/21

ATLANTA– The Center for Disease Control and Prevention put out a press release March 8 directed at those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. They know that the vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated there are these changes.

• You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

• You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

• If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
There are still some things that haven’t changed.

• You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:

• Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household

• Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk

• You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.

• You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.

• You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.

• You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.

We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.
We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.

Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.

We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
The DHHS press release states that the first known case of the U.K. variant of COVID-19, known as B.1.1.7 (B-117) has been confirmed in Nebraska. The individual is a woman in her 20s and is a resident of Douglas County.
This particular variant has been found in 45 other states and is more easily transmitted, but all three vaccines have been shown effective against it.


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