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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued official public health guidance for its 2021 holiday season, urging people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus while continuing to wear masks indoors and in public places.

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The guidance stresses that people should get vaccinated before the holidays if they have not already done so. For young children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, the CDC suggests reducing the risk of exposure by making sure people around them are vaccinated.

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Dr. Rochelle Valensky, President-elect Joe Biden chosen to lead the Centers for Disease Control, speaks during a news conference at the Queen’s Theater on December 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. ((Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images))

“As many generations gather to celebrate the holidays, the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safe is to get vaccinated if you are eligible.” CDC wrote in a press release on Friday.

The agency also suggests wearing well-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth in public indoor settings if not fully vaccinated. The CDC said that even people who have been fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with high transmission.

The CDC continued, “By working together, we can enjoy safe vacations, travel and protect our health as well as the health of our family and friends.”

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The agency noted that people who are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid hosting or participating in any gatherings.

“If you’re considering traveling for a vacation or event, visit CDC Travel Pages to help you decide what’s best for you and your family. The CDC still recommends delaying travel unless you complete vaccination,” the agency wrote.

The latest guidance comes as the nation prepares for another potential surge in COVID-19 infections as cold weather moves people indoors while the pandemic persists.

Earlier this month, the CDC took old guidance from its website for safely celebrating the upcoming holiday season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a spokesperson.

A link originally sent people to an older person holiday guidance url It suggested that Americans should celebrate virtual celebrations with their families over the upcoming holidays.

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“The guidance on that page was the old holiday guidance. The page had a technical update on Friday, but does not reflect CDC’s guidance ahead of this upcoming holiday season,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement to Granthshala television stations on October 5. Was. .

This is a developing story. Granthshala News and Austin Williams contributed.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.