A federal official tells CNN the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not release guidance Thursday for people who have been fully vaccinated.
The agency will release the guidelines when they are finalized later this week, according to a CDC official.
The CDC won’t advise vaccinated Americans that they can go back to life as it was in 2019, according to a Biden administration official.
“It’s not that simple because not everybody has been vaccinated, and we haven’t reached the point where there is population-level immunity where we can give broad advice like that. It’s not possible yet to say, ‘Yeah, you’re vaccinated, so everything is hunky dory,'” the Biden official said.
The CDC official confirmed that a Politico article accurately characterized the guidelines as recommending that fully vaccinated people limit their social interactions to small home gatherings with other fully vaccinated people, that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks in public and practice social distancing, and that the agency will also give guidance for travel.
The guidelines won’t be prescriptive about what vaccinated people can and cannot do in all circumstances, according to the administration official. For example, it won’t say vaccinated people can or cannot go to specific places or business establishments.
“It’s impossible to get to that level of detail – we can’t predict every situation that human beings will be in,” the Biden official explained. “What we can do is give principles for people to think through. It will give people the means to think through it and then they can choose what level of risk they wish to take.”
Some of the guidance will be specifically for residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, including guidelines for having visitors and socializing among residents.
The Biden official said it hoped that people who are not sure if they want to be vaccinated will see the benefits and choose to get vaccinated.
“We’re not going to hold it over their heads – ‘if you don’t get vaccinated you can’t play with the other kids’ — but rather ‘here are reasons to get vaccinated and it’s safe to get vaccinated,'” the Biden official said.