Vaccine Rollout Advances to Tier 3b
The vaccine rollout has advanced again and will now include all community members, ages 18 and over, in the cities of Bemidji, Blackduck, Remer, Kelliher and Tenstrike. Due to State guidelines, Tier 4 has been removed from the community rollout plan and the current tier represents the extent of the mass vaccination plans on Leech Lake. All interested persons must make an appointment to receive their vaccine using the Vaccine Hotline by calling 218-368-4763. Leech Lake Band Members and Elders will continue to receive preference when making appointments
CDC Mask Guidance Changes
Earlier this week the CDC released new guidance for individuals who are “fully vaccinated”. We would like to remind everyone that this does not affect the current LL RBC mask mandate in effect for all LLBO buildings and facilities. To be clear, masks or cloth face coverings will continue to be required in all LLBO Buildings until the Public Health Emergency is declared over.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been less than 2 weeks since your first dose, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
What has changed
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What has not changed
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
- In public
- Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
- Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
- You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
For more info visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html