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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance today on outdoor mask use for Americans: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people should continue to follow guidance issued by individual employers. WorkCare’s occupational medicine physicians recommend that employees continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing.
“In the workplace, you do not know who is vaccinated, nor do you know if someone is at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19,” said Christopher Jankosky, M.D., M.P.H., WorkCare’s senior vice president, clinical operations. “Further, if a variant emerges, the employer is still responsible for maintaining a safe workplace under OSHA regulations. This is a little different from a non-employee who follows CDC guidance and voluntarily takes his or her chances at a park or restaurant.”
Dr. Jankosky said WorkCare physicians are available to discuss specific scenarios with employers. He noted that “masking and distancing are still generally recommended when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household or with an unvaccinated person who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID, or who lives with a vulnerable person.”
Under the updated guidance, fully vaccinated people can:
People are advised to:
People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
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