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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Quarantine not required for at least 90 days following full vaccination

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Fully vaccinated individuals who are in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine for at least 90 days following their second dose. This is the result of COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

For those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, quarantine requirements will not apply if ALL of the following criteria are met: 

  • It has been at least two weeks since the final dose of vaccine was given (second dose for two-dose vaccines, first and final dose for one-dose vaccines)  
  • It hasn't been more than 90 days since the final dose of vaccine  
  • The individual remains asymptomatic 
  • The individual is not a resident of a long term care facility 

Those who do not meet all four criteria above will be required to follow traditional quarantine guidance. More information on this updated as well as traditional quarantine guidance is available at health.springfieldmo.gov/quarantine 

“This is encouraging news about our confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, and is another significant turning point in our recovery from this pandemic,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard. “I hope people are reassured by this update and all the more motivated to get vaccinated.”  

The CDC and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department continue to encourage—regardless of vaccination status—wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands.  

It should be noted that CDC has initially indicated that this guidance applies to the 90 days following full vaccination, but plans to monitor evidence and evaluate as we learn more about how long immunity from the vaccine lasts. This is evidence that CDC believes that immunity lasts for at least 90 days, not that it only lasts for 90 days. This also mirrors current guidance for immunity following COVID-19 infection.   

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].            

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].            

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