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On Wednesday, the CDC released new guidelines regarding activities for people who have been vaccinated for Covid19. The move came as a surprise to health care providers, who were not yet expecting new recommendations, despite the relatively high vaccine rate in the United States.
According to the CDC, nearly 60% of adults in the United States have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Those who have had both doses are able take off their masks in most cases, and the CDC further noted that the recommended social distance is 3 feet, down from 6 feet.
“We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, at a White House briefing prior to President Biden’s remarks. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” she continued.
Calling it, “A great day for America,” President Biden echoed the CDC’s guidance that fully vaccinated citizens no longer must wear a mask during common daily activities such as grocery shopping, going for a walk, or even indoor dining.
The new guidelines also include information on domestic travel. People who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to get a Covid19 test prior to traveling, and do not need to quarantine following traveling. The guidelines even note that testing following exposure to someone with Covid19 is unnecessary.
However, those who work in crowded institutions, such as prisons or group homes, were still encouraged to take a test following a known exposure to Covid19.
Dr. Bruce Dart, director of the Tulsa Health Department, noted the safety of vaccines in light of the new CDC recommendations. In an interview with The Black Wall St Times, he confirmed, “The new guidelines support the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. The sooner all eligible Oklahomans get vaccinated the sooner we can collectively live life again.”
People who are not yet vaccinated, on the other hand, were cautioned against indoor dining, going to crowded religious services, or even attending outdoor events which are crowded.
To schedule your Covid19 vaccine in Oklahoma, go to the Oklahoma Covid19 Vaccine portal at vaccinate.ok.gov