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CDC: Fully-vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask

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If you’ve been fully vaccinated, life may begin to feel a whole lot more normal under new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

This afternoon, the CDC announced that those who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” For example, the CDC lists that all travelers are required to wear a mask on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Other updates from the CDC for those who are fully vaccinated include: 

  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

In Mississippi, 850,977 residents have been fully vaccinated—meaning they’ve received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. 

Vaccine eligibility (Pfizer) has expanded to children between the age of 12-15. For more information from the Mississippi State Department of Health, click here.

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