SM County: CDC Releases Protocols for Vaccinated Population!

SM County: CDC Releases Protocols for Vaccinated Population!

San Miguel County puts out CDC protocols for vaccinated population. Five commitments still important for all, no matter vaccination status.

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The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For those receiving the Modera and Pfizer vaccines, full vaccination occurs 14 days after receiving the second dose. For Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, full vaccination occurs 28 days after receiving the single dose.

“We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the transmission of COVID-19,” says the CDC website. “After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.”

However, according to the CDC, those that have been fully vaccinated can now:

• Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

• Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together), without masks, as long as they are at low risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

• Not quarantine or get tested if exposed to somebody who has COVID-19, as long as the fully vaccinated person does not exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19.

–People living or working in a group setting and exposed to someone who has COVID-19, quarantining will still be required.

The CDC continues to caution against medium and large gatherings and continues to encourage the use of face coverings when indoors with unvaccinated people from more than one household. Additionally, domestic and international travel should continue to be delayed as new variants arise and efficacy against these variants is still being researched.

For the next several months, vaccinated and unvaccinated people should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if they have come into contact with a known positive.

“We are in the final stretch of this pandemic,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “With warm weather on the rise, new vaccinations happening weekly and a decrease in population approaching with off-season, we are on a good trajectory to continue a low disease burden. This will only continue with meticulous consideration of each person’s responsibility to the five commitments.”

Public Health has confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from March 5 through 8. Of these cases, all three are confirmed as non-residents and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

As of release time today, there have been 833 total COVID cases among residents to date with 5 active cases.

To learn more about the county’s wastewater data and current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the County COVID-19 dashboard.

Five Commitments of Containment:

Wear a mask
Maintain six feet of physical distance
Minimize group size
Wash hands frequently
Stay home when sick and get tested

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