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

Yolanda Curtis
May 14, 2021

The White House said on Twitter it was "big news" and added, "we've gotten this far".

The White House Correspondents' Association sent an email to members on Thursday saying that the mask-wearing requirements for reporters on the White House grounds were immediately lifted for those fully vaccinated. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic".

The CDC said that new data collected in the past two weeks showed that vaccines "work in the real world, they stand up to the variants, and vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus". When your country asked you to get vaccinated, you did.

The latest guidance comes as rates of vaccinations begin to slow, with about 35% of Americans now fully vaccinated.

The new guidance will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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

Not all vaccinated Americans will be eager to take off the masks they've become accustomed to wearing this past year in grocery stores and even public parks.

Dr Walensky said that immunocompromised people may want to consider continuing to wear a mask outdoors.

As of May 13, approximately 154 million eligible Americans, almost half the population, have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while more than 115 million are fully vaccinated.

Walensky said the evidence from the US 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.

The CDC and White House had been facing growing pressure to incentivize getting the Covid-19 vaccine by telling people they wouldn't have to wear a mask if they got it.

Walensky noted that people with compromised immune systems should speak to their doctors before giving up their masks.

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