CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Largely Return to Life Without Masks

Joanna Estrada
May 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for Americans who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The recommendation comes just two weeks after the CDC continued to suggest fully vaccinated people continue to mask up indoors in most situations.

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic", the CDC website now states.

Fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing a face mask in most indoor and outdoor settings, top U.S. health officials have advised.

The only exception to the rule is in certain crowded indoor spaces, such as buses, and planes, and in congregate settings, such as hospitals, homeless shelters and jails, where CDC still recommends people mask up. Cruise ships were not mentioned. "When your country asked you to get vaccinated, you did", Biden said, adding that anyone who isn't fully vaccinated should continue wearing a mask.

"I would like to say that we have fully vaccinated people; we should start acting like it", Cox, a Republican, told Biden.

The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27.

Almost 60% of Americans have received at least one dose. In recent weeks, the rate of Americans getting vaccinated has slowed, but is expected to see a surge following the CDC's approval of the use of the vaccines in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15. "But we know that the more people who are vaccinated, the less cases we will have and the less chances of a new spike or additional variants emerging".

During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination.

"That's how we've gotten to this day", Biden said Thursday. "And that's a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to get vaccinated".

There have been concerns that immunocompromised people might not respond as well to the vaccines as well as people with healthy immune systems. While this may serve as an incentive for some people to get vaccinated, that is not the goal. If someone who's vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately re-mask and get tested, she said.

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