The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. So what exactly does that mean? It means that if you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and it has been two weeks since your second dose, you do not need to quarantine if exposed to the virus.
It takes two weeks for your body to develop immunity against COVID19 after the second dose, hence the additional two week wait. Even after full vaccination is obtained, it is recommended you continue to take the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask and social distancing to help protect yourself and prevent the spread. In addition, if it has been three months since your second vaccine, it is recommended to quarantine following an exposure as the CDC is not fully aware how long immunity lasts.
In Delaware, Gov. Carney announced on Tuesday that the priority now is giving second doses to the Group 1A population and people 65 and older. There will be several vaccination events in the coming weeks to help those receive their second dose. As it becomes available, second dose registration or scheduling information for these events will be listed on de.gov/getmyvaccine. As of Monday, February 8, the State of Delaware and its partners had administered more than 126,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer. More than 10 percent of Delaware’s population has received the first shot.
Although there have been some bumps in the road, we are making progress. As more information is obtained, we will continue to provide updates. Additional information regarding the vaccine rollout and scheduling your appointment for the COVID19 vaccine can be found at: https://coronavirus.