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CDC Updates Mask Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Jul 28, 2021
On July 27, the CDC updated its "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People." NECA has released a new Legal Alert with an overview of what has changed with the new recommendations.

In summary, the CDC recommends:

  • fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings in areas where there is substantial or high transmission;
  • fully vaccinated people can choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated
  • fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
Although the guidance speaks in absolutes, we think that the general limitations that have applied to mask mandates throughout the pandemic continue to inform this updated guidance; i.e., “public indoor settings” is intended to cover locations where there is the potential for exposure to another individual, and not where an employee is “alone in a room” or “alone in a vehicle."

Legal Alert: What Did the CDC Change About Mask Recommendations?

Also check out the NECA Coronavirus Resource Center for all updated guidance and information on the COVID-19 pandemic.