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These graphics explain who it’s safe to see after you’re fully vaccinated

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC.HILARY SWIFT/NYT

The CDC on Monday released new guidance to recommend what vaccinated people can do among small groups of other vaccinated people, as well as with unvaccinated people at low risk of COVID-19, but also cautioned that people should avoid medium-to-large gatherings and continue to wear masks in public.

The graphics help illustrate different scenarios in which people may want to gather. Here’s a look at the graphics:

No prevention methods needed

In the first two scenarios in the graphic, the CDC illustrates when people who have been fully vaccinated can visit with others without prevention methods. It shows that vaccinated people can gather with other vaccinated people from another household. Importantly, vaccinated people can also gather with low-risk, unvaccinated individuals from another household. In other words, grandparents who have been vaccinated can visit with their healthy grandchildren.


The CDC released guidance on what vaccinated people can do.CDC

Prevention measures needed

The CDC also illustrated when vaccinated people should take measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which include wearing masks, social distancing, and gathering outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. Because vaccinated people can still carry and possibly transmit the virus, the CDC says steps must be taken to avoid spreading the virus from a vaccinated person to an unvaccinated person at risk of severe disease. Vaccinated people must also take precautions if they are visiting with anyone who shares a household with someone who is high risk.

The CDC offered guidance on what vaccinated people can do.CDC

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.