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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated masking guidance May 13. The new guidance states that fully vaccinated people can now skip a mask in most places, even indoors.    

Fully vaccinated means it has been two weeks after you received the second dose in a two-dose vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after you received a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.     

This is wonderful news, because it shows the vaccines are working well. However, it’s important that we remain respectful of others by getting vaccinated, and consider those who don’t develop a robust immune response from vaccines or who can’t be vaccinated when we’re out and about. Please remember that we have not achieved vaccine herd immunity in Nebraska yet, and children under 12 are still unable to get vaccinated.   

In light of the CDC’s new guidelines, we recommend: 

  • If you are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated, you MUST wear a mask when around others for your own safety and the safety of others who may not be vaccinated 
  • If you are responsible for setting policy within a business, school or other indoor public space, please keep your masking policy in place until a higher percentage of Nebraskans are fully vaccinated, and local transmission is at a lower level 
  • If you are a person who may not develop an immune response to the vaccines, please be extra cautious by continuing to wear mask and avoiding risky settings 

This new guidance does not change the masking policy at our hospitals and clinics. All patients, visitors and staff are still expected to wear a mask when inside our facilities.   

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If you’ve put off your preventive health care because of COVID-19, it’s time to schedule an appointment. To make an appointment: 

Nebraska Medicine clinics do not have vaccine doses to give to patients. Learn more about how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  

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