CDC Issues New Guidance on Quarantine Exception for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently released updated materials on its website pertaining to when individuals should quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19. The CDC now states that individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms. In order to be exempt from the quarantine requirements, the individual must meet the following criteria:

  1. Individual has received both doses of a 2-dose vaccine series or one dose of an approved single-dose vaccine
  2. Individual has received the final dose in the series at least two weeks ago, but not more than three months ago
  3. Individual has remained symptom-free since the last known exposure to COVID-19.

This recent guidance brings some reassurance to employers who have been dealing with strict mitigation measures and quarantine requirements in the workplace. Nevertheless, the CDC still advises that individuals should continue to wear masks and avoid close contact with others even after receiving both doses of the vaccine.