Fully vaccinated Americans can gather without masks — CDC

President Joe Biden (right) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (left) tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Portage, Michigan on February 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.

The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a single household — with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

Commuters wearing protective masks ride the L subway line during rush hour in the Williamsburg neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, on Monday, June 8, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the guidance Monday.

“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky.

However, the CDC continues to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. About 31 million Americans — or only about nine per cent of the US population — have been fully vaccinated with a federally authorised COVID-19 vaccine so far, according to the CDC.