CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases
By edhat staff
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new guidance Thursday stating masks are not needed in most situations for fully vaccinated Americans.
The updated guidance states fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Additionally, fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.
"You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a White House Covid-19 briefing.
The updated guidance does not apply to health care settings, which have their own separate guidance. Additionally, public transportation and travel will still require masks and guidance will be updated as science emerges, said Walensky.
The CDC made this decision based on new studies from Israel and the United States that prove the vaccines work.
However, unvaccinated people "remain at risk" of illness and death and should remain masked and observe physical distancing, said Walensky.
"Today is a great day for America, and our long battle with coronavirus," said President Biden Thursday afternoon. "I think it's a great milestone ... It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly."