(Mlive) – Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to quarantine after being exposed to someone with coronavirus if they’re not symptomatic, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fully vaccinated means a person has gone two weeks since receiving the second of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and that they’re within three months of receiving the last dose in the series.
However, if you’re been vaccinated and you become symptomatic following an exposure, you should still follow the CDC’s quarantine guidelines as well as be clinically evaluated for COVID-19.
“Although the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19,” reads a CDC report updated Wednesday, Feb. 10. “Symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission.”
The CDC’s new guidelines say individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine “may outweigh the potential but unknown risk of transmission, and facilitate the direction of public health resources to persons at highest risk for transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to others.”
The guidance comes with an exception: vaccinated in-patients and residents in health care settings should continue to quarantine following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. That’s because of the higher risk of severe disease and death, and the unknown vaccine effectiveness, in this population.
Vaccinated individuals should continue to take precautions to prevent spreading coronavirus, including washing their hands, wearing a mask when outside their home and avoiding large crowds.
For those who haven’t been vaccinated, the CDC still recommends staying home for 14 days after your last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. During that time, watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
The CDC suggests contacting your local public health department to determine how long your quarantine should last based on local conditions and needs. They might recommend shortening the quarantine time to 10 days without testing, or seven days after receiving a negative test result.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 11, Michigan reported nearly 1.4 million vaccines had gone into the arms of 994,284 residents in less than nine weeks. Among that group, 396,875 Michiganders have received their second of two recommended doses.
Michigan has averaged 41,943 vaccinations per day over the last week, which is an increase from 38,300 shots per day the week prior. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the goal is to administer 50,000 shots or more per day.