CDC releases new guidelines for people who had COVID vaccinations

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Mar 8, 2021

Hi everyone- I just received announcements of CDC’s new guidelines for people who have had vaccinations.

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Below is just a summary of these guidelines.

The CDC defines people who are fully vaccinated as those who are two weeks past their second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine or two weeks past a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People who are vaccinated are protected and there is growing evidence that they don’t spread Covid-19, but scientists are still trying to understand how long vaccine protection lasts. “The level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people, who remain unprotected against Covid-19,” the guidelines said.

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease.
  • Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but is asymptomatic.

My first vaccine is next Sunday. How many of you are still waiting for your first one?

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 group.

@sueinmn

It was WONDERFUL! We hugged, we ate, we talked, we laughed, we walked, we talked some more and we hugged again. A few adult beverages were consumed. After nearly 40 years of friendship, we were so delighted to be together again that nobody wanted to leave. We finally parted at 7 pm. I am still practically giddy today after two normal social interactions in 2 days. Life is good.
Sue

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Hurray!

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@sueinmn

It was WONDERFUL! We hugged, we ate, we talked, we laughed, we walked, we talked some more and we hugged again. A few adult beverages were consumed. After nearly 40 years of friendship, we were so delighted to be together again that nobody wanted to leave. We finally parted at 7 pm. I am still practically giddy today after two normal social interactions in 2 days. Life is good.
Sue

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@sueinmn– I'm so thrilled for you! I can see that your smile goes beyond my computer screen!

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@sueinmn

It was WONDERFUL! We hugged, we ate, we talked, we laughed, we walked, we talked some more and we hugged again. A few adult beverages were consumed. After nearly 40 years of friendship, we were so delighted to be together again that nobody wanted to leave. We finally parted at 7 pm. I am still practically giddy today after two normal social interactions in 2 days. Life is good.
Sue

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@sueinmn Wonderful, Sue! Happy…..Blessings elizabetn

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I received my first shot and experienced intense body pain. I am on Minocycline which regulates T and B cells but is not an immune suppressant. Since the vaccine causes the T cells to react, I am very concerned what the second shot could do. Even my doctor cannot make a suggestion as there is no data. Anyone in my shoes ?

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@rgg I'm sorry to hear about your reaction to the vaccine and that there isn't enough data for your provider to advise whether or not to get the second one.

I moved your question to a discussion that is already discussing the vaccine and new CDC guidelines. Members like @ess77 @jeffdavis0617 @jeanne5009 are discussing here and may be able to offer support.

Did your provider tell you that the second vaccine typically causes more intense reactions and that you should have some immunity from the first vaccine?

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@rgg

I received my first shot and experienced intense body pain. I am on Minocycline which regulates T and B cells but is not an immune suppressant. Since the vaccine causes the T cells to react, I am very concerned what the second shot could do. Even my doctor cannot make a suggestion as there is no data. Anyone in my shoes ?

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Please, I need help from all: I have three autoimmune diseases as well as pancytopenia (anemia). Have read that at least one person given the Covid shot resulted into pancytopenia. Also read that people with autoimmune disease should not receive this shot and I have 3 autoimmune diseases. So: After putting my doctor on the spot: He also was honest and said it is up to me (my choice). ?????? Well here I am so let us keep heat up this site.

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@peach414144

Please, I need help from all: I have three autoimmune diseases as well as pancytopenia (anemia). Have read that at least one person given the Covid shot resulted into pancytopenia. Also read that people with autoimmune disease should not receive this shot and I have 3 autoimmune diseases. So: After putting my doctor on the spot: He also was honest and said it is up to me (my choice). ?????? Well here I am so let us keep heat up this site.

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Many of us on Mayo Connect have autoimmune diseases. CDC guidelines do not suggest those with an autoimmune disease avoid vaccination. Can you tell us the source of that recommendation? There are may opinions floating around, not always founded in science or fact. Here is the current CDC guidance, with links to all 3 vaccine manufacturers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/underlying-conditions.html

It is known that those with many autoimmune disorders are at higher risk for severe Covid infection, so many have elected to be vaccinated. Here is a group on Connect with PMR, an autoimmune disorder, discussing their vaccination experience: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pmr-and-corona-virus-vaccine/

Also it is good to remember that there have not yet been cause-and-effect links between the occurrence of a variety of conditions and receiving the vaccine. For example, if one person were to receive the vaccine on Monday, and have a stroke on Friday, that is not "proof" that the vaccine caused the stroke. On the other hand, if a larger than expected percentage of people have a stroke within a short time after receiving the vaccine, that is reason to suspect a cause and effect relationship, and study the matter further. That was the part of the purpose of the months of testing of the vaccine before it was released, and the reason many of us are being closely followed by the CDC to understand reactions after vaccination.

Sue

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@peach414144

Please, I need help from all: I have three autoimmune diseases as well as pancytopenia (anemia). Have read that at least one person given the Covid shot resulted into pancytopenia. Also read that people with autoimmune disease should not receive this shot and I have 3 autoimmune diseases. So: After putting my doctor on the spot: He also was honest and said it is up to me (my choice). ?????? Well here I am so let us keep heat up this site.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Am now researching their guidelines. Peach

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@peach414144

Please, I need help from all: I have three autoimmune diseases as well as pancytopenia (anemia). Have read that at least one person given the Covid shot resulted into pancytopenia. Also read that people with autoimmune disease should not receive this shot and I have 3 autoimmune diseases. So: After putting my doctor on the spot: He also was honest and said it is up to me (my choice). ?????? Well here I am so let us keep heat up this site.

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I again thank you but: (Fast reader) Truly no information. Must be they need more experience with the vaccinations to get back the data needed for answers. Back to worrying or if should I take the vaccine. Must get my paperwork in order.

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Hi! I'm relieved and excited about these new guidelines, though I have a question about travel. I will be taking a short flight 4 days after I receive my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. At some point after I arrive, I plan to see two 60+ people who have each been fully vaccinated for a month and continue to practice self-isolation, distancing, etc. With these new guidelines in mind, is it necessary for me to do a full week of quarantine? It would certainly be less convenient, though I of course want to be safe and smart. What sort of risk am I or are they up against? I am uncertain since they are fully vaccinated and I will at least have partial protection.

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