NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health are following CDC guidance, which states that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to quarantine.
The announcement from the CDC on Wednesday stated that, you no longer need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated after exposure to someone infected with the coronavirus.
Gov. Cuomo and New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released the following statement.
Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance regarding quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. According to the guidance, 'asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals', meaning those who have received both shots and at least two weeks have passed since the second shot, are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot.
From the outset of the pandemic, New York State has followed the science and listened to the experts, and quarantine requirements only for New Yorkers who have received both shots will be similarly updated to reflect the CDC's new guidance. However, the science regarding COVID transmissibility post-vaccination remains unsettled, and this updated guidance is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down.
All New Yorkers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, should continue to wear masks, social distance, and be smart until herd immunity is reached and this pandemic is fully relegated to the history books.
You can read the full guidance from the CDC by clicking here.