WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Thursday briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people in the U.S. who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, indoors or outdoors.

It is recommended that fully vaccinated persons still wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as hospitals, public transportation, and prisons.

This new recommendation comes more than a year after the CDC first recommended that Americans should wear masks.

According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

People who have compromised immune systems proceed with caution and consult their doctors about whether or not they should continue to wear a mask.