The United States Centres for Disease Control says people who have been fully vaccinated can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
In the new guidance released on Monday, CDC said those who are fully vaccinated can also gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
The national public health institute in the United States added that fully vaccinated people who have been around someone who has COVID-19 do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless they have symptoms.
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“However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms,” it said.
Nevertheless, it warned that fully-vaccinated people should still take steps to protect themselves and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least six feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
“Take these precautions whenever you are in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.
“You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings. You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
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“You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick.
“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. You will still need to follow the guidance at your workplace,” the agency warned.
CDC added that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
“We’re still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
“We know that other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19 and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.
“We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease. Early data show that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
“We’re still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people. As we know more, CDC will continue to update our recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” it said.
It’s foolishness to have faith when God provides vaccine – Ighodalo
Amidst the Covid-19 vaccination exercise, which is on-going in various parts of the world, the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, has criticised those who believe that their faith is enough to protect them from the virus, when God has given a Vaccine as alleged by him.
This is stemmed from the arguments raised by some clerics against the vaccines, which was developed for the treatment of the novel Coronavirus disease.
Recall, that we had reported that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy slammed other clerics who wanted to become ministers of the vaccine, rather than concentrating on the healing power of God.
The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has also expressed lack of confidence in the vaccine.
However, the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo who spoke to ARISE TV advised his fellow pastors “to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions.”
He said that he has taken a jab of the vaccine and claimed he was directed by God after he prayed.
Ighodalo said, “It is foolishness to keep having faith that God will protect you from an infection He has made provision for, vaccines that can provide a high percentage of protection.”
Furthermore, the Cleric added, “I have taken the jab. I prayed about it, and I got a clear direction from God to go and receive it, and I have explained to my people in church that God provides knowledge. I will like to appeal to my brother pastors to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions. Coronavirus is real, and you need the vaccination.
“The Bible says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
He said that there is a need to correct the wrong notion that people have about the vaccine by showing them that it doesn’t tally with science.
“Some people think the COVID-19 vaccine is a deliberate effort to wipe out the human population
“We need to address the fears and prove it is not so. Other persons think it is the sign of the anti-christ (666) and we need to prove this is not also true.
“Other people believe the vaccines have long term effect and if you take it today, in 20 years’ time, it would affect them. We also need to address such fears and prove scientifically this is not so,” he said.
“The problem is a lot of these questions about the vaccine are not being properly addressed and there is too much rumour flying all over the place. Some churches believe in divine health but if they study further, they would also know that God provided knowledge for healing,” Ighodalo added.
Georgia PM tests positive as Covid cases spike
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus amid a fresh spike in cases in the Caucasus nation despite the start of a vaccine rollout.
“I am feeling well,” Garibashvili, 38, said on Facebook. “I am in self-isolation and continuing to work remotely.”
On Tuesday, Georgia registered 897 new coronavirus cases — three times the average number of daily infections recorded over the past months.
Overall, the Black Sea nation of some four million people has registered more than 275,000 coronavirus cases and 3,832 deaths, the health ministry said.
In mid-March, Georgia began a national vaccination campaign by inoculating medical workers with AstraZeneca’s jab.
In addition to some 43,000 doses of AstraZeneca provided through the Covax vaccine-sharing programme, Georgia also received enough doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to inoculate some 14,000 people.
More than 11,600 people have been vaccinated so far, director of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, told journalists on Monday.
He said the rollout “needs to be accelerated”.
The authorities in Georgia have so far ruled out any further anti-virus curbs.
Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia said on Monday there was “no need at this point” for further anti-pandemic restrictions.
In May last year, Georgia lifted its coronavirus lockdown and allowed shops to reopen, but a night-time curfew has remained in place.
COVID-19: Portugal reopens museums, schools, others
Portugal on Monday reopened museums, cafe terraces and secondary schools nearly two months after tightening Covid-19 curbs following a wave of cases early this year.
There was an explosion of cases following Christmas and New Year festivities which led to overstretched hospitals and the government imposed a general lockdown in the middle of January and closed schools a week later.
There have been nearly 16,900 coronavirus deaths and 823,335 cases so far, according to an official tally on Sunday.
Primary schools reopened on March 15.
Monday’s easing comes with some guidelines. Only four people will be able to sit together at a table in cafe terraces while museums can change their opening hours.
Group training sessions at gyms and sports venues remain banned.
“We are expecting very few visitors” due to the paucity of foreign tourists, Antonio Nunes Pereira, director of the Palace of Pena in Sintra, outside Lisbon, told AFP.
“We expect a return to normal next summer… when the vaccination process advances in Europe,” he said.
The museum is one of Portugal’s most visited sites and drew over two million visitors in 2019. Eighty-five percent of them were foreigners.
The government has launched mass Covid tests and started vaccinating teachers.
It plans to start reopening high schools, universities and auditoriums and concert halls later this month and restaurants in May.
The situation is being reviewed every two weeks and the government can tighten restrictions in municipalities with a high number of cases.
Portugal has suspended flights with Brazil and the Britain to ward off the new variants that emerged in those countries and tightened controls on the land border with Spain.
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