CDC To Update Guidelines Allowing Vaccinated People to Go Maskless Indoors

Joanna Estrada
May 13, 2021

People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. "Bottom line, I would not be here toff it had not been for those Afghans, Iraqis who lived with us, served with us, fought alongside us and in some instances died alongside with us, and we could not do our job", says Rep. Crow.

"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor or outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing", said Walensky. But they could remove masks in some less crowded workplaces and schools.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, now the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes her mask to speak in Wilmington, Del., on December 8, 2020. He added, "we're going to be moving on that in the next little bit".

CDC's announcement comes as the agency and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people - people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose - in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot. According to the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, a research project that tracks public opinions on the vaccines, 23% of parents with children ages 12-15 say the definitely will not have their kids vaccinated, while 30% say they will get their kids vaccinated right away. "But you got to be careful when you make a requirement of something, that usually gets you into a lot of pushback, understandable pushback". Walensky encouraged people who have weak immune systems, such as from organ transplants or cancer treatment, to talk with their doctors before shedding their masks.

"If you are been vaccinated, you don't have to wear a mask outside".

In recent days, though, Walensky has pledged an update on both the CDC's guidance for vaccinated Americans and the science that supports the changes.

"We were looking for signs to ensure that the vaccine works just as well in the real world setting as it did in the trials", she replied.

The CDC has been widely criticized for being too cautious in updating its guidance on wearing masks.

Mask-wearing has become an increasingly contentious issue amid the vaccination drive, as many have questioned why it's necessary to still wear a mask after getting the vaccine.

"I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don't anymore", Sen.

And while some people still get COVID-19 despite vaccination, Walensky said that's rare and cited evidence that those infections tend to be milder, shorter and harder to spread to others.

"So, here we have unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission, and unworkable restrictions on summer camps". "It matters because it undermines public confidence in your recommendations".

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