Fully vaccinated people can now rage indoors together without masks, CDC says

click to enlarge Courtesy Photo / City of San AntonioA worker at the city of San Antonio's Alamodome vaccination site calls on the next person in line to get their shot — the first step toward raging responsibly indoors. This story first appeared in the Detroit Metro Times, an affiliated publication. Scream, go nuts and unmask your deepest desires, because the time has come for fully vaccinated folks to be able to hold and attend indoor gatherings with fellow fully vaxxed people without masks.That's right — fully vaccinated people (meaning people who have waited two weeks after having received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's) can now gather indoors together without wearing masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Monday.Fully vaccinated people can also gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, so as long as those in the household are not considered high risk for COVID-19. And if you've been around someone who is COVID-19 positive, you no longer have to keep clear of others or get tested, as long as you have received all recommended doses and have waited two weeks following the final dose.The CDC notes that despite being fully vaccinated, people who live in a group setting — like a correctional facility or group home, and have been exposed to others who have contracted COVID-19 — are advised to still quarantine for 14 days and get tested, with or without symptoms.But don't get too excited, as the CDC also addresses everything that haschanged for those who have vaccinated. It's still recommended that fully vaxxed people maintain social distancing and mask-wearing in public and at the workplace, and should continue to avoid crowds, poorly ventilated spaces and gathering indoors with unvaccinated people from more than one other household.It's also suggested to note any possible COVID-19 symptoms regardless of vaccination status, because as the CDC states, we're still learning how effective these vaccinations are in preventing the spread of the virus and how long vaccines are effective.For more information regarding CDC recommendations, see CDC.gov To find out how and where to get inoculated in San Antonio, visit the vaccination page of the city's COVID-19 portal And remember — rage responsibly.

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San Antonio's congressional delegation asks White House to set up mass vaccination center here

click to enlarge Courtesy / City of San AntonioA woman receives her COVID-19 vaccination at the city's Alamodome site. San Antonio's five-member congressional delegation is urging the Biden Administration to establish a mass vaccination center here similar to ones announced for Dallas, Houston and Austin earlier this month.In a letter pointing out that Bexar County has suffered more COVID-19 deaths per capita than any of Texas' other large population centers, the bipartisan group urged the White House open a center that can inoculate 6,000 people daily. Democrats Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar and Lloyd Doggett along with Republicans Tony Gonzales and Chip Roy signed the correspondence.The Biden administration promised to open 100 mass vaccination sites over 100 days to get shots into the arms of underserved community members. So far, however, it's announced no plans for one in San Antonio.The Federal Emergency Management Agency could operate the Alamo City location in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and local officials, the lawmakers wrote.“In addition to being the third most populous area in the state, Bexar County is ranked first in the Centers for Disease Control’s Social Vulnerability Index," the letter states. "This index measures a community’s need for support to prepare and respond to events such as the current pandemic and considers factors such as poverty, access to transportation, housing and healthcare."

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