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CDC Releases Long Awaited COVID Vaccine Guidelines

The CDC vaccine guidelines answer questions from those who have received the vaccine, including if they should continue to wear a mask and if they can travel.

COVID-19 vaccine distribution top 2 million doses per day, according to The New York Times.

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Many questions have arisen since the beginning of the pandemic but at its core, the biggest question remains, “When can I go back to living a normal life.”

Those who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccine live with the knowledge they are protected from the virus but were unsure if they could become a carrier to others who do not have access to the vaccine.

These guidelines are right on the heel of congress passing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which includes a $1,400 stimulus check for household incomes under $80,000 per year but does not include the minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.

Guest:

Dietrich von Biedenfeld:

  • Assistant Professor in the Marilyn Davies College of Business, at the University of Houston – Downtown

The Center for Disease Control has released specific guidelines for what those who are fully vaccinated can do:

  • Visit others who are fully vaccinated, with or without masks, and in small groups.
  • Are not required to take COVID tests if they have been exposed to the virus and are not showing symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated people are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in public, around those who are not vaccinated and maintain social distancing

Guest:

Dr. Prathit Kulkarni

  • Assistant professor of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with COVID updates and headlines, including:

  • The City of Houston reports seeing a slight increase in the testing positive rate to 13%. The city's goal is around 5% testing positivity rate before fulling opening.

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