It's the news that many people have been waiting a year to hear, and another reason to get the vaccine for COVID-19.

Can you remember the last time you were in public, without a mask on?  It feels like it's been forever.  Even when you watch movies these days and you see people together without masks, it feels strange to see.  A lot of people have begun to wonder if life would ever be maskless ever again.

But the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now saying that it will be safe to gather, even in-doors, without masks if everyone there is fully vaccinated.  It's important to note that this recommendation is only for groups of people where everyone is fully vaccinated.

According to WIVB, there is an exception to the rule:

"The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren."

This would not apply for people who are out in the general public with people they don't know.  In that case, they still recommend that people wear well fitted masks and keep a distance.

What does "fully vaccinated" mean?

They say fully vaccinated people have waited two weeks from the day that they received the last dose of whatever vaccine they have gotten. You have to wait two weeks because a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick.

There are still a lot of questions with regard to the vaccine and a lot of misinformation out there too.  You can click here to see some of the frequently asked questions that the CDC has gotten about the vaccine.


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