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New CDC guidelines for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now making changes when it comes to COVID-19 guidelines. The department says those without symptoms who are exposed no longer need a test. (WSYX/WTTE)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines yesterday for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Zachary Jenkins, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University, joined The National Desk to break down these new CDC guidelines.

Full vaccination “all comes down to a two week period after completion of a vaccine regimen,” said Dr. Jenkins to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat. For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, that’s two weeks after your second dose, and with the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it is two weeks after the single dose regimen, according to Dr. Jenkins.

According to the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated can now gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks, can gather indoors with low-risk unvaccinated people from one other household, and do not need to quarantine or get tested after coming into contact with someone with COVID-19.

“The studies have shown we were protected from severe disease and hospitalization when we do receive these vaccines, but there's some data that's starting to come out that's actually showing it does decrease transmission,” said Dr. Jenkins. “These guidelines are really kind of a way of opening things up for people that have been vaccinated because of that decrease in transmission.”

There are some measures that fully vaccinated individuals should continue to practice.

“These vaccines do not protect everyone 100%,” said Dr. Jenkins. “They're suggesting right now that we do at least in large gatherings and big public places, try to do social distancing, try to use masks, avoid gatherings with more than one household.”

Dr. Jenkins says we’re heading in a very positive direction when it comes to controlling the pandemic.

“The good news is our cases and deaths are declining,” said Dr. Jenkins. “If you look at a lot of states now they're having discussions about when some of the different orders that are in place will actually be pulled back What that really tells us is that we're seeing a decrease in spread in the community. And we have a lot of these solutions that are coming to the table like the vaccine, like some of our therapeutics that are helping us to better combat the virus.”