Thank God (and Moderna) that I’ve finally gotten my two COVID-19 vaccinations and waited two weeks to become “fully vaccinated”! Now I can resume a normal life, free from fears that I will contract the disease or pass it along to others. Right?
The CDC today released its “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.” Here’s what I can do:
- I can visit with other fully vaccinated people or low-risk unvaccinated people “from a single household” without face masks or social distancing.
- I don’t have to be tested and quarantined if I am exposed to someone with COVID and don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
Here’s what I still can’t do:
- Throw away my masks. I still have to wear a mask and social distance in public.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from “multiple households” without masks and social distancing unless I’m sure they’ve all been vaccinated. That knocks out our traditional multi-family Easter brunch, since some of them are too young to get vaccines.
- Visit with older friends or other “increased risk” people who haven’t been vaccinated without masks and social distancing. I guess I’ll have to ask all my friends 65 and over to show me their vaccination cards before I can untie my mask.
- Attend gatherings that are “medium” or “large-sized.” I assume this includes theaters, concerts, museums, sporting events, my gym, restaurants, and church.
- Travel. As the notice says, “CDC is not updating our travel recommendations and requirements at this time,” and their guidance says, “CDC recommends that you do not travel.” In addition, if I travel internationally, I still have to get a negative COVID-19 test before I fly back to the U.S., even if I don’t have any symptoms. (This, of course, contradicts their statement that I don’t have to get tested if I am asymptomatic.)
This is a great illustration of why the Biden administration can’t allow the CDC to govern the country. This “guidance” would keep our travel, leisure, and entertainment sectors – and our lives – locked down until we’ve all been vaccinated or COVID-19 has disappeared completely. By that time, we would have blood in the streets. Fortunately, most of the states are taking a different path.