US says fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks

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Us Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors Without Masks Us Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors Without Masks
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that individuals inoculated against Covid-19 can meet in small groups with other vaccinated people without masks, but that they should keep wearing them outside the home.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing that fully vaccinated individuals can visit with unvaccinated, low-risk people from one other household without masks.

The public health guidelines are designed to help increasing numbers of vaccinated people safely resume some more normal activities and contacts with those outside their households while the coronavirus is still widely circulating.

The recommendations come as about 30 million people, or 9.2 per cent of the US population, have been fully inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, according to CDC data.

Nearly 18 per cent of the US population, or 58.9 million adults, had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

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The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two shots a few weeks apart. The more recently authorised J&J option is a one-shot vaccine.

About 3 per cent of the Republic of Ireland's population is fully vaccinated. In the North just over 2 per cent of the total population is inoculated fully against Covid-19.

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