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NBC4: Is It Appropriate to Ask Friends and Family If They Have Been Vaccinated?

According to the CDC, it is safe for those people who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks past receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks past their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to gather together indoors and unmasked in small groups. 

So now comes time for an etiquette question: is it appropriate to ask people if they are fully vaccinated before getting together?

According to Joe Gastaldo, MD, OhioHealth system medical director of infectious diseases you should definitely not feel guilty about asking.

“This is how I look at it: if you have a weakened immune system or you have a loved one with a weakened immune system, you have to advocate for their safety,” Dr. Gastaldo told NBC4 reporter Kristine Varkony. “Nobody is going to be a better advocate than themselves or someone in their family or a loved one.”

Early on in the week of May 3, 33 percent of Ohioans had been fully vaccinated, while another 41 percent were halfway there with one dose completed.

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