There are some exceptions, says CDC director
CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Have to Wear Masks Inside: (There are some exceptions, says CDC director)
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Walensky told reporters during a news conference. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”
Fully vaccinated people should still wear masks on buses, trains, airplanes, and other public transportation, she said, addng that for those who aren’t vaccinated, the CDC recommends that they wear masks in public spaces.
“I completely agree that people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are safe to stop wearing masks and to stop social distancing,” Dr. David Boulware, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, told The Epoch Times in an email.
“There are a few caveats. The risk of any infection is not zero, but the risk of developing symptomatic disease is very low, and the risk of severe disease or death is virtually zero. There are exceptions. For people with weakened immune systems, they remain at risk and absolutely should continue to socially distance and wear masks. Those who are not vaccinated should get vaccinated because they also remain at risk.”
But Dr. Walid Gellad, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, said on Twitter there is “ZERO justification for doing this now except to soothe people who are asking for it.”
“The right thing is to tell people that we’re in this together, feel free to remove mask outdoors, but continue to wear indoors until X percent are vaccinated and cases are down to X – soon,” he said.
The announcement comes as the Biden administration has faced mounting pressure to ease the guidance on mask-wearing for people who are vaccinated. Some have questioned why it’s still required to wear a mask after getting the shot, saying that it undermines the federal government’s messaging for people to get the vaccine.
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