The CDC suggested that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks, but must follow local and state guidance on masks and social distancing.
On May 13, 2021, CDC updated its guidelines and stated that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance in any setting. However, the comments caused some confusion, as these recommendations can vary by federal, state, and local law.
There other exceptions. Fully vaccinated continue to wear well-fitted masks in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. The CDC added that fully vaccinated people with health conditions or who are taking immunity-boosting medications should consult their doctor before socializing, while health professionals must continue to wear masks.
Fully vaccinated people traveling within the U.S. do not need to get tested before or following their trip, and they do not need to self-quarantine. However, they do need to wear masks and practice social distancing while abroad. All travelers, including those traveling internationally, should follow any local COVID-19 restrictions in place at their destination. According to the CDC, more than 30 percent of the total population in the U.S. have received both shots of the vaccine.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) still maintains that even if one has been vaccinated, they still have to wear a mask and keep social distancing. Dr. Katherine O'Brien, an epidemiologist, and vaccinologist said that there is not yet enough evidence on how well the vaccine will protect children and that caution she is mantained when easing restrictions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.