CDC Relaxes Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Americans

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  • 13 May 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today further relaxed mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with some exceptions. The announcement is expected to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated and help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools and other venues.

Being fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. In the U.S. as of Wednesday, about 154 million people reportedly have received at least one dose; about one-third of the population is fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The agency still recommends vaccinated people wear masks on “all planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.” Other exceptions include wearing masks in healthcare facilities, prisons and homeless shelters.

People who are not vaccinated are advised to continue to wear masks to protect themselves and others from exposure. Those who have weak immune systems, such as from organ transplants or cancer treatment, are urged to talk with their doctors before removing their masks, even with full vaccination.

Contact WorkCare at if you have questions about policies for mask-wearing and other COVID-19 protective measures for your workplace. We provide services to all types of industries and understand exposure risks in specific settings. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information about our related prevention and management programs.

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