(2021, July 27) | Useful to all those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the organizations such as Parent Centers that provide information to families and communities.
As is now apparent, COVID-19 is causing renewed surges in infections and hospitalizations of those who contract the virus, especially the Delta variant of the virus. While about 49% of people in the United States have been fully vaccinated, the rate of vaccination varies greatly from state to state. This means that some states are being especially impacted by 2021 COVID surges. The highly infectious Delta variant has caused huge spikes especially in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida. Recent data (as of July 24th) indicate that approximately 97% of those patients hospitalized have not been vaccinated.
This upward surge is alarming and portends a repeat of the nation’s 2020 shutdown, a threat that has caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revise its guidelines regarding the wearing of masks, safe distancing, and health protocols in different settings, even for people who have already been fully vaccinated.
On July 27th, CDC released Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, online at:
As with most CDC publications, versions are available in other languages, including Spanish, by using the “Languages” drop-down menu in the upper masthead of the page.
Note | These interim recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination, at:
The interim guidelines include the following sections, with extensive discussions:
- Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People
- Recommendations for Indoor Settings
- Recommendations for Outdoor Settings
- Recommendations for Travel
- Recommendations for Isolation, Quarantine and Testing
These are important recommendations for the health of those who are fully vaccinated and how current activities may need to be adjusted, given the new surges via the Delta variant of the coronavirus. We will update our postings on the Parent Center Hub as more data emerge that result in refinements or changes in CDC guidelines.
For Those Who Are NOT Fully Vaccinated
Given the seriousness of current surges in infection and rates of hospitalization, and the sudden rise in deaths resulting from COVID-19, it is clearly serious to receive a vaccination against the virus, especially if you live in an area that is gravely affected.
To find a location near you, where you can schedule and receive vaccinations against COVID-19, for free and in privacy, use the Vaccine Finder at vaccines.gov. The site makes this very easy—just enter your zip code, indicate the “search radius” (meaning, 10 miles from your location, 25 miles, 50 miles, and so on), and which of the 3 authorized vaccines (any or all) you would be agreeable to receiving.