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Fully vaccinated people not required to quarantine

The CDC announced that individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine after being in contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19


On February 10, the CDC announced that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine if they are in contact with someone that has COVID-19. However, this doesn’t mean that vaccinated people can ignore other CDC guidelines, as stated by CNN reporter Christopher Rios.

“[T]he CDC makes clear that vaccine trials have largely focused on preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19.” Rios stated. “That doesn’t mean people can’t catch the virus and spread it asymptomatically.”

The CDC states that there are three criteria needed to be met in order to not quarantine:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

“Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.” The CDC stated.

Almost all vaccines in Phase 3 use a two shot method; only one currently requires a single shot. For the vaccines that require two shots, there is a two week to three month window for the second shot to be administered. Currently it’s unknown if every vaccine fits the CDC’s requirements for “skipping quarantine.”

This is an ongoing story; as such, updates will continue to be released here as the CDC provides more future information.

Measles outbreak reported in Pierce County

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Check with your provider to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.

In February, a measles outbreak was reported in the King County area, and now it has moved to Pierce County, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

There are no confirmed cases within the Pierce College District but students and staff should still monitor how sick they get and watch for the following symptoms: fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough.

Three days after these symptoms arise, a rash will start forming on the face and then start spreading to the rest of the body. Keep in mind the virus will stay airborne for two hours once the infected person leaves a area.  

Please stay home if you have the symptoms listed above.  Please check with your family physician to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines. The Washington State Department of Health also provides a way to check your vaccination status online: https://wa.myir.net.

Some clinics will provide free shots for children and low cost shots for adults without insurance.

Measles are very contagious and severely dangerous if children catch it. Please contact your children’s health professionals if your child has the measles virus or you have been in or near an infected area.

All this information and more can be found on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at https://www.tpchd.org/home. You can also call the department at 253-798-6500.

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