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A Coalition Response to COVID-19

CDC Mask Guidance Update

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the CDC announced the following COVID-19 mask guidance:

Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Similar to individuals who are not vaccinated, children younger than 12 years old who are not vaccinated still will need to take precautions, including wearing a well-fitting mask.

What lead the CDC to this decision?

The CDC addressed data from a growing number of studies that have shown the successes of the COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Vaccines are working in the real world. Studies show them to be greater than 90% effective in the real-world settings in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
  • Vaccines have proven to be effective against the variants currently circulating in the country.
  • If you’re vaccinated, you’re less likely to spread the virus. The data shows that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and to be able to transmit the virus to others.

What about workplaces or other sites with mask policies?

All individuals, including those fully vaccinated, should still wear a mask and physically distance when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance still exist.