The question here in California is how the Cal/OSHA Standards Board will react while they are in the process of modifying the Emergency Standard on COVID, not to mention Governor Gavin Newsom and the teachers’ unions. The Feds – using science – say open it up. Will they?
Workers’ Comp carriers are expected to change their safety guidelines.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., in announcing the new guidance.
She says recent studies confirming the effectiveness of the approved vaccines are driving the change. “Considering all of these factors, the data on vaccine effectiveness, the science on their ability to protect against circulating variants and our growing understanding of the low risk of transmission to others combined with universal access to vaccines for those 12 and older, today CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people.”
Individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after the final required dose – either the second shot for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “Anyone who is full vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Walensky says.