America has taken a significant step towards going back to pre-pandemic life. CDC announced that people who have been fully vaccinated can now go without wearing masks. Thus, vaccinated people can not go mask-free when stepping outdoors!
President Biden, during his Rose Garden addressed, expressed that the time is great for America. The President himself and his staff were without face masks for the event. Few hours before the event, President was meeting vaccinated lawmakers of the Republican party at the Oval Office. The man led the group by removing masks as the guidance was being given.
President then revealed that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks anymore. The man also encouraged more and more Americans to get vaccinated or wears masks until they are fully vaccinated.
Vaccinated people must follow new guidelines regarding usage of mask
According to the latest guidelines, people still need to wear masks in crowded settings like planes, buses, shopping malls, etc. People also need to wear masks in homeless shelters and prisons. The new guidelines prove that workplaces and schools can reopen soon. The need for social distancing will also reduce for vaccinated individuals.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky stated that everyone has longed for this glorious moment and wants to return to normalcy. The Biden administration and CDC have continuously faced pressure to reduce restrictions on vaccinated people.
People who have crossed 14 days after their second vaccination can ease their lifestyles. Moreover, this is the main highlight of taking the vaccine.
America’s successful vaccine story
America has been aggressive with its vaccination campaigns, and the results are paying off. Since September, the cases in the US have dropped, and since April, the death rate has fallen. Fewer people test positive now compared to the time when the pandemic began.
Walensky thanked millions of citizens who took the vaccine and reduced the number of fatalities. It is essential to consider how the shots work towards protecting an individual from the virus variants.
Walensky said that fully vaccinated people could be a part of outdoor and indoor activities – without masks or distancing. She added that the people could start doing things they had stopped due to the pandemic.
There is a high chance of confusion for people to understand the new guidelines. This is because people cannot differentiate between who is vaccinated and who is not.
Marc Perrone said that essential workers still need to keep wearing their masks, as they will not know who is vaccinated and who is not following safety norms. He also asked if essential workers are supposed to be “vaccination police.”
President Biden and CDC director Walensky asked people without two doses of vaccine to wear masks. The President urged people by saying that the country has come this far; we must hold on till the finish line.
Most Americans below 65 still do not have their vaccines. The President reminded that the guidelines not to wear mask are only for fully vaccinated people.
Biden said that he believes the American people want the well-being of their neighbors. Thus, the administration will trust their people and not go out arresting people for not wearing masks. However, he requests everyone not fully vaccinated to keep wearing their masks and maintaining maximum protection.
Masks rules are the same even in the White House
Nancy Pelosi informed that not everyone on the House floor is vaccinated. The rules are the same for all, and people who are not entirely vaccinated need to wear masks. Around 25% of lawmakers in the White House don’t have two doses.
Are CDC guidelines contradictory?
A public health law expert from Georgetown University termed CDC’s new guidelines as contradictory and confusing. He said that people would not be comfortable being around someone without a mask until they are sure that he/she is fully vaccinated. The announcement of the guidelines came as many communities stopped using masks and the number of spread reduced. Moreover, more people are taking vaccines every day.
A 67-year-old musician named Dan Witte took two vaccine doses a couple of months back and stopped wearing masks. The man started playing gigs again and attended crowds. CDC guidelines encouraged him to take such steps, and he believes that the vaccine protects him as promised. The man said he was highly vigilant throughout the pandemic and went back to crowds, mask-free, after CDC’s guidelines.
Till now, more than 154m Americans got at least one dose of vaccine. It accounts for 47% population. Around 119m have both doses of the vaccine. Recently, the rate of vaccine programs slowed down. But soon, there will be an authorization for pre-teen vaccination.
The President asks people to have patience. He also acknowledges that many people might not want to remove their masks as the pandemic has killed over 584,000 people in the country and around 3.3m worldwide.
The announcement of the CDC shows that America has been able to fight the virus, whereas many other countries are struggling.
Who should wear masks even with vaccination?
Walensky said that both US and Israel are examples that the vaccine protects lives, as they proved through the studies. However, it is crucial to understand the virus is mutating and producing variants.
As more and more people take vaccines, the infection rate will drop. The process will also curb the level of mutation. Walensky recommends everyone above 12 take the vaccines soon.
The CDC director said that infection after vaccination is rare. However, if some has the infected, the effect remains short-lived. It is also hard to spread to other people.
Walensky asks people with a weak immune system to ask their doctors about mask usage. People who had cancer or went through an organ transplant must take more precautions.
The White House started following the CDC guidelines immediately. They are using the same steps to educate people on the same and helping them understand virus restrictions. White House staff who have two doses do not need to wear masks anymore.
Jill Biden humorously said, “we feel naked” while removing her mask like other party people. She then continued to joke and said that she didn’t mean it that way!