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According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to have an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.  Photo: Kai Pilger

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask-wearing guidance today, May 13, for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the updated guidance, individuals who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing except where masks or distancing are required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, regulations and orders including local business and workplace policies.

The CDC made these updates due to continued evidence showing that fully vaccinated individuals are less likely to have an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

It is recommended that individuals who are immunocompromised consult with their doctor about mask use.  Everyone, even vaccinated individuals, are advised to wear face masks and physically distance when going to doctors’ offices, hospitals, or long-term care facilities such as assisted living centers and nursing homes, in homeless shelters and when in prisons.

Other locations where individuals should still wear a face mask include when traveling on buses, planes, trains, or other methods of public transportation or when in airports, bus, and train stations. START Bus is requiring masks per the federal mandate until September 13.

In a press release announcing the new update, Teton County Health Department said, “We hope this new guidance will encourage people that are not yet vaccinated to do so in order to get back to pre-pandemic activities.”

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available in Teton County for anyone 12 and older.   The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 18 and older.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.