Safety Guideline for Vaccinated People in Atlanta

May 06, 2021

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Safety Guideline for Vaccinated People in AtlantaAn article by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled "What Can I do in Georgia Now that I Am fully Vaccinated?" looks into the new safety measures released by the CDC that list the steps that fully vaccinated individuals should follow as they gradually resume their regular way of life.

A growing number of people see the COVID-19 vaccine as the way back to normalcy. This perception has been reinforced after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance focusing on vaccinated individuals. According to this new guideline, regulations regarding face masks and social distancing are less severe for fully vaccinated people, who would also get the green light to participate in many of the public activities that were banned during the pandemic.

It's important to remember that complete immunity is only obtained after a two-week waiting period, following either the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Below is a list of the different situations addressed by the CDC:
  • Mask wearing: The CDC clarifies that face masks are still needed since there is no way of knowing who is fully vaccinated while navigating indoor public spaces.

  • Indoor gatherings: Indoor interactions with unvaccinated individuals should be limited to one household at a time. People can have repair work done within their household while maintaining social distance and other safety precautions.

  • Public events: Public establishments and events are not safe for vaccinated individuals, hence the importance of maintaining the habit of wearing face masks and keeping social distance. Restaurants remain a huge risk because they hinder the chances of upkeeping all these precautions. Health experts recommend outdoor sitting and brief gatherings. Gyms and other establishments with poor air ventilation are still high-risk areas for unvaccinated individuals. While sporting events are fairly safe options for vaccinated individuals, founding dean of Georgia State's School of Public Health Dr. Michael Eriksen states that these events might test the vaccine's effectiveness against evolving virus mutations.

  • Human contact with unvaccinated individuals: While physical contact is allowed when both parties are fully vaccinated, it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid handshakes and other forms of greeting with unvaccinated individuals. A fully vaccinated person can continue interacting with others after being exposed to COVID-19 as long as they don't start showing symptoms of the disease.

  • Children interactions: Vaccines are currently unavailable for children under 16, and people must keep this in mind if they plan on bringing children to a social gathering. Since children are more likely to spread the virus, health experts recommend keeping them away from large public events for the time being, as well as taking playdates to parks and other outdoor spaces.
As stated by Dr. Jay Varkey, associate professor of infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, most pre-pandemic activities have been deemed safe for fully vaccinated individuals. It will all depend on a person's criteria regarding the risks of certain public situations.

You can read the complete article here: "What Can I do in Georgia Now that I Am fully Vaccinated?".

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