Through our efforts to create a healthy Natomas, we have been fortunate to vaccinate 8,930 individuals with our Vaccination Clinic as of last Thursday (March 28), and we’ll be at 11,116 after this Thursday (March 25). Included in that number are many of our staff members. Now that the majority of our staff has been vaccinated, we want to share the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that are specifically for individuals who have been vaccinated.
Per guidance from CDPH and CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID 2 weeks or greater after the second dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or after the first dose of a single-dose series (Johnson and Johnson). If you received two doses of Pfizer, the manufacturer has published full immunity 28 days after the first dose, which is typically 1 week after you receive the second dose (some people may have waited an additional week or weeks to receive their second dose).
Practically speaking, what does this mean at a school site? For example, if it is discovered through contact tracing that a teacher has been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and the teacher has been fully vaccinated, that teacher would not have to automatically self-isolate and teach remotely for 14 days while a substitute is covering the classroom. The teacher (if asymptomatic) would stay with students who are able to be in-person and continue teaching from school, which we all know is a benefit for our students. This is because the risk is considered low for fully vaccinated people to become infected by, or to transmit, COVID-19.
Per the guidance, fully vaccinated people:
a. Can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or engaging in physical distancing;
b. Can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure as long as the person is asymptomatic;
c. Should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.
Fully vaccinated people should:
d. Continue to wear face coverings and to engage in physical distancing while in public;
e. Avoid large gatherings;
f. Get tested, and self-isolate, if they are exhibiting symptoms;
g. Follow guidance issued by NUSD and included in the COVID Safety Plan.
If you should have any questions, please review the COVID Safety Plan in your site’s Digital Backpack, contact your school site nurse, or call Carol Swanson at 916-567-5434.