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Fully vaccinated? No quarantine required, says CDC

Fully vaccinated? No quarantine required, says CDC
The CDC says quarantining is not required for fully-vaccinated people.
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People who have been exposed to COVID-19 and who have been vaccinated for the virus do not need to quarantine in the United States, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update to their website on Wednesday (Feb. 10).

In its guidance, the CDC said quarantining is not required for fully-vaccinated people within three months of having received their last doses as long as they do not show symptoms.

“Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19,” the CDC posted online.

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But other recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place for vaccinated individuals, such as wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.

"Still uncertain"

Meanwhile, the CDC acknowledged that it is “still uncertain” if a vaccinated person can spread COVID-19 to others.

"Vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission," the association said.

The CDC, compared to other authorities around the world, has been flexible around quarantine measures for several months now.

In December, U.S. health officials recommended a shortened quarantine period for people exposed to COVID-19, from 14 to 10 or 7 days. 

United States President Joe Biden has kickstarted a burst of new travel restrictions in the U.S., including a  quarantine for international arrivals, as well as a mandatory, 72-hour, negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for arrivals. 

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