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This article summarizes recent CDC guidelines regarding resumption of low-risk activities in people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Available data suggest that the approved vaccines are very effective in reducing the risk of severe infection and may also reduce the rates of asymptomatic infection and disease transmission. The authors also note that approving engagement in social activities for vaccinated people may improve vaccination rates among the population, which is essential for infection control.
Based on these guidelines, low-risk social activities are considered appropriate among people vaccinated against COVID-19. The article discusses the data supporting these guidelines as well as the important public health implications.
On December 11, 2020, the US reached an extraordinary milestone in the efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic: the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech. Since then, 2 additional COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), have received Emergency Use Authorization in the US and, as of March 8, 2021, more than 31 million people, or 9.4% of the total population, have completed a vaccination series.