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CDC Drops Mask, Social Distancing Requirements for Fully Vaccinated People

People fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most settings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Aside from a few instances such as in health care settings or while using public transportation, vaccinated people can largely resume their normal activities without a face covering, the CDC said.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said a press briefing, CNBC reported. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson or the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

As of Thursday, the U.S. has administered roughly 265 million of its 337 million available vaccine doses, with 117 people fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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