CDC Lifts Mask and Social Distancing Mandate for Fully Vaccinated People

CDC Lifts Mask and Social Distancing Mandate for Fully Vaccinated People

CDC Lifts Mask and Social Distancing Mandate for Fully Vaccinated People

The Centers for Disease Control took what some may say is a major step in the pandemic Thursday, changing their guidance about indoor mask-wearing for vaccinated people.

Walensky noted that masks are still required for fully vaccinated people when traveling on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation as well as in airports and stations. But, the CDC is telling anyone who'll listen that vaccinated people can - so long as their local county allows - toss off the masks at the grocery store and all indoor and outdoor spaces, with only a few exceptions.

The change in guidance comes after New Jersey and CT governors announced that capacity limits at restaurants, stores, offices and other areas of life are set to be lifted by May 19 in the tri-state area.

On outdoor mask mandates, Murphy had said people will need to "wear a mask outside if you can not socially distance".

The CDC defines "fully vaccinated" as two weeks after receiving a second jab of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic". While children have not been sickened in large numbers by COVID-19, they can carry and spread the virus to vulnerable family members and teachers.

According to the CDC's website, masks may still be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in USA transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

The Food and Drug Administration this week authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old, paving the way for millions more in the country to get vaccinated.

President Joe Biden has set a 4 July goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans with at least one jab.

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He added, "we're going to be moving on that in the next little bit".

Walensky said the evidence from the USA and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading.

However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don't have symptoms.

When asked if Thursday's decision was made to incentivize Americans to get vaccinated, Walensky said the agency was simply following the science.

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

There are some caveats.

"We know people are eager to shed their masks and the quickest way we can arrive at a place where it is safe to do so, is for every eligible person to get vaccinated as soon as possible", the department said on Twitter. That's because of continued uncertainty about whether the vaccines can rev up a weakened immune system as well as they do normal, healthy ones.

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