The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced new guidance concerning those who receive the COVID-19 vaccine and quarantine measures.

Greene County Public Health Director Becky Wolf clarifies the new guidance from the CDC for individuals who have been fully vaccinated and don’t have to be in quarantine if they are exposed to someone who has the virus, by following these criteria.

“When we say ‘fully vaccinated’ you have to be at least two weeks following the receipt of your second dose in a two dose series. Secondly, that you are within three months following the receipt of your last dose of the series. The last thing is you have to continue being asymptomatic (or) no symptoms since your exposure.”

Wolf notes there is limited available information beyond three months for the lasting protection of the vaccine as well as how long the vaccine reduces the transmission of the virus. She points out the CDC criteria does not apply to vaccinated healthcare workers or patients and residents of long-term care facilities, as they are encouraged to quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. 

Wolf recommends those who have been fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing until herd immunity has been achieved.