It will only need to be used in crowded spaces such as buses, airplanes, and prisons, but it will relax your directions for workplaces and schools. The new guideline affects those who received the full dose of the inoculant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) published this Thursday a guide so that citizens fully vaccinated (that is, with both doses) can practically do without masks in closed places.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, At instructions at the White House, made the announcement, which included the continuation of the requirement for the use of masks in crowded interiors like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. Still, it could ease restrictions for workplaces and schools.
If you're completely vaccinated, you're protected and can start doing what you quit doing because of the pandemic, Walensky said.
The director of the country's leading federal public health agency, the CDC, said anyone who is completely polio-free could participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distance.
It also announced the removal of the indication that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds.
The announcement comes as the CDC and the Biden government face a series of pressures to ease the restrictions imposed to prevent COVID-19 infections, especially for those who are already protected against the virus through vaccination.
Responding to criticism on Thursday, Walensky said: We have a duty to make suggestions based on the data and what science tells us.
According to the expert, today, it can be said with confidence that vaccines work, resistant to new variants, and that vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus. In addition, he added that much of this evidence came from studies conducted in the real world - for example, in Israel - and not from a laboratory.
In addition, the announcement coincides with a moment in which the massive US vaccination campaign begins to bear fruit: cases of infections are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April.
The positive rate has been at an all-time low since the onset of the epidemic.
To date, about $154 million Americans - more than 46% of the population - have taken at least one dose of some COVID-19 vaccines, and more than 117 million have been completely vaccinated.
The rate of new vaccines has dropped in recent weeks.
Still, with the authorization issued Wednesday to place the Pfizer vaccine in children 12 to 15 years old, a further increase is expected in the coming days.
Until just two weeks ago, the CDC had recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all cases and outdoors amid large crowds.
During a virtual meeting with the governors of the two groups on Tuesday, President Joe Biden acknowledged that his administration had to do more to show the benefits of widespread vaccination.
I want to say that if we have completely saved a lot of people from the vaccine, then we should start practicing it.