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Do I have to be tested for COVID-19 if I am vaccinated?

Do I have to be tested for COVID-19 if I am vaccinated?

The answer is, yes, if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19.

According to the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have been fully vaccinated should be tested three to five days after possible exposure, even if they have no symptoms.

That change comes two months after the agency relaxed its initial testing guidelines. In May, the CDC said vaccinated people have very little risk of serious illness and in most cases do not need testing, even if exposed to someone who was sick. The thinking was that vaccinated people probably wouldn’t spread it to others either.

But the agency said it is reversing that guideline because of the more contagious delta variant, which is now responsible for most COVID-19 infections.

The COVID-19 vaccines are still very good at protecting people from getting seriously ill, but the CDC said new data shows that vaccinated people infected with the delta variant can spread it to others.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals should consult their employers, some of whom may require routine testing for their staff. People who work in prisons and shelters for the homeless are also generally subject to stricter testing requirements.

U.S. citizens returning from abroad must still provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight home, regardless of their vaccination status. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will have to isolate for another 10 days, the CDC says.

The video above is from an earlier story.


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