Monday, February 15, 2021

Coronavirus Update 2-15-2021: CDC updates quarantine guidelines for vaccinated individuals

Must individuals who are fully vaccinated (i.e., have received both vaccine doses) against COVID-19 quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus?

According to guidance recently updated by the CDC, the answer is no (assuming certain criteria are met).

Here's what the CDC says:
Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

All the more reason to educate your employees on the safety and other positives of the vaccines and to get them vaccinated.

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