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Posted on: May 13, 2021

CDC Updates Mask Wearing Guidance for Individuals Who are Fully Vaccinated

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For Immediate Release

May 13, 2021, Jackson, WY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today updated their mask-wearing guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  According to the updated guidance, individuals who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing except where masks or distancing are required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, regulations and orders including local business and workplace policies.  CDC made these updates due to continued evidence showing that fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to have an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.   As a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  For those who are not yet fully vaccinated please continue to protect yourself and others by continuing to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor settings until you can get vaccinated.

It is recommended that individuals who are immunocompromised consult with their doctor about mask use.  Everyone, even vaccinated individuals, are advised to wear face masks and physically distance when going to doctors’ offices, hospitals, or long-term care facilities such as assisted living centers and nursing homes, in homeless shelters and when in prisons.  Other locations where individuals should still wear a face mask include when traveling on buses, planes, trains, or other methods of public transportation or when in airports, bus, and train stations.  We hope this new guidance will encourage people that are not yet vaccinated to do so in order to get back to pre-pandemic activities.

To review CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated please visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available in Teton County for anyone 12 and older.   The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 18 and older.  To book an appointment or to see when the clinic is open and accepting walk-ins please visit, http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax.

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