Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? Canada unveils new guidance on what you can, can’t do

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released updated guidance for Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The infographic was released on Friday and includes a list of dos and don’ts for Canadians who have received either one or two doses of the vaccine, as well as public health guidelines for both outdoor and indoor settings.

Dr. Howard Njoo, the country’s deputy chief public health officer, said there are “lots of factors at play” that differ from the guidelines previously outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The CDC guidance, it makes it seem straightforward. ‘Yes, I have made two vaccines. I can do whatever I want.’ And we’re saying, ‘No, it’s much more nuanced than that,’” he said.

“It’s not as simple as what your status is with respect to vaccination.”

Wondering what you can and can’t do? Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules.

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What fully vaccinated Canadians can do outside is fairly clear-cut.

Canadians who have received both doses of the vaccine will no longer have to wear masks or physically distance when outside with small groups of people from multiple households — even if those people are unvaccinated. However, they’ll need to wait 14 days after their second shot to be considered fully protected.

This includes hugs, camping with friends, small family barbecues, close contact sports, outdoor weddings and outdoor birthday parties.

Indoor gatherings, however, are a bit murkier.

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Fully vaccinated Canadians can also spend time indoors with other fully vaccinated people. This includes a dinner with a small group of friends, watching sports events, and — of course — more hugs.

But PHAC is still urging fully vaccinated Canadians to consider wearing a mask, keeping two metres apart and following measures put in place by the event organizer or homeowner when it comes to indoor gatherings from multiple households with people who may be unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. This includes private celebrations or ceremonies, indoor birthday parties, places of worship and the gym.

The agency also recommends wearing a mask, following outlined measures put in place and maintaining physical distance for indoor and outdoor gatherings that include large crowds, such as concerts, sporting events and house parties.

More to come. 

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