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Answering your questions about new CDC guidance for the fully vaccinated

Susan Maxwell-Trumble, 67, of Babylon, gets the Johnson

Susan Maxwell-Trumble, 67, of Babylon, gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Jeanine Mucci at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore last Wednesday. Credit: Randee Daddona

New guidance, released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, loosened pandemic restrictions on fully vaccinated Americans, suggesting it's safe for them to gather together in small groups without masks or social distancing.

The long-awaited guidance affects about 31 million Americans — the nearly 10% of the U.S. population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Here are some key questions and answers about what activities the CDC suggests are safe, and what precautions remain in place:

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

I am a fully vaccinated Long Islander. What activities does the CDC suggest I can do safely?

What about fully vaccinated Americans visiting unvaccinated people who are at higher risk for COVID, such as the elderly?

If the vaccine is nearly 100% effective, why is there any risk for an unvaccinated individual meeting with a fully vaccinated person?

Now that I'm fully vaccinated, can I dine at indoor restaurants, work out in my neighborhood gym or attend medium or large gatherings?

What about travel?

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