COVID-19 Tips from Nurse Mason #14

COVID-19 Tips & Updates from Nurse Mason

February 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines and Quarantining

It’s exciting to hear so many educators and school employees have been receiving one of the two vaccines!  Just a reminder that even if you have received both doses you still need to follow all the mitigation strategies that we have already in place. (wear your mask, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet away from people not in your household)  The vaccine is just another layer of protection for you and those around you.  It is still possible for you to contract COVID-19.  However, the hope is, if you do, you will experience less severe symptoms and recover quicker.

The CDC and OCHD have changed their recommendations for those people who have received both doses of either vaccine more than 14 days ago but within the last three months.  If an individual is identified as a close contact but has received both doses of the vaccine more than 15 days ago AND does not have any symptoms AND the date of the last dose is within 3 months…that individual does not have to quarantine as a close contact. This change is in line with the recommendation for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months.  For more detailed information please see the CDC Webpage for Vaccines.


Vaccine Scenario COVID Symptoms Close Contact w. COVID 
I received the first or second dose of the vaccine less than 14 days ago. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms you must follow the isolation guidelines and you should consider testing. If you had close contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19 you must follow the quarantine guidelines.
I have received both of either of the vaccine doses over 14 days ago, but within 3 months ago. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms you must follow the isolation guidelines and you should consider testing. For the next three months, you do not have to quarantine after having been exposed (as long as you remain symptom free) since you have been fully vaccinated.

Caroline Mason, M.Ed, BSN, RN

Oakland County School Nurse


Nurse Mason is an Oakland County Health Department nurse assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Academy to help us keep our STARS and their families informed and safe this year.

Caroline Mason, M.Ed, BSN, RN
Oakland County School Nurse