In work, educational and public spaces
Please continue to follow safety guidance while at work, at school and in public — even if you and your colleagues have been vaccinated. While the vaccine provides great protection against severe illness, the vaccine’s impact on asymptomatic infection and transmission is not yet fully understood. That means even if you’ve been vaccinated, it may still be possible to have the virus or pass it on to someone who is not yet vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective, not all personnel have been vaccinated, and not everyone’s vaccination status is known.
- Continue to wear masks when you leave your home or when you cannot maintain six feet of space from others
- Remember to practice physical distancing
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid crowds and stay home unless fulfilling essential needs like work, school, shopping and medical care
As health-care leaders, we must continue to model safe behavior for our patients, families and community. If you are in a large, non-clinical office environment and can maintain more than six feet of distance from colleagues, masks can be removed temporarily but must be replaced when you leave your desk.
In personal and home environments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday released new guidance that allows fully vaccinated individuals to gather with other fully vaccinated individuals without masks in personal and home environments. An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they are two weeks past their second dose in a two-dose regimen (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks past a single-dose regimen (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).