San Francisco joins the CDC on guidelines for fully vaccinated people

Dr. Grant Colfax shares new details about the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco on Friday, April 17, 2020.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Friday that it is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The announcement includes guidelines for indoor collection and comes after the state also coordinated with the CDC on what is permissible behavior for vaccinated people.

“We are now at a point in this pandemic where fully vaccinated San Franciscans can attend small gatherings indoors with other fully vaccinated friends and loved ones without wearing masks or physical distance or with unvaccinated people from one household who are at low risk. are suffering from serious illness from COVID-19, ”said Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco health director.

The city’s health department explains that being fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed since your second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna injection. Or that two weeks have passed since you received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination. However, the J&J vaccine has been interrupted due to rare cases of blood clots.

Colfax points out that while you may be fully vaccinated, you can still carry and transmit the disease, adding that you need to be aware of the risk exposure can pose to those around you. He also stresses the importance of keeping masking, exercising physical distance and washing hands properly, and limiting indoor activity with people from outside your household, especially with reports of more contagious variants.

According to state guidelines, if you are visiting an unvaccinated person with a high risk of severe COVID disease, you should definitely wear a mask and stand back physically.

The state health service said Friday that 50% of people 16 and older have now had their first dose of the vaccine.

City health officials cite San Francisco health compliance as having the lowest COVID death rate for any major U.S. cities.

As of Thursday night, the city reported 35,667 COVID cases and 513 deaths from the disease.

You can read the full health statement here.