Thursday, May 13th, 2021. The CDC announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to socially distance or wear a face mask during indoor or outdoor activities, large or small. Full vaccination takes place 2 weeks after second doose of Pfizer or Modera, or two weeks after single doose of Johnson and Johnson. However, Walensky also warns that people with autoimmune deficiencies should speak with their doctor before ditching masks.
‘‘’We have all longed for this moment,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the C.D.C. director, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky says the annocement comes after confirmation that it is safe for vaccinated people to go without masks, citing three studies: one from israel, and two from the United States. The study located in israel, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation found that the vaccine is 97% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 casses in over 5,000 health care workers.
“Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads," Walensky said, "that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated."
Exceptions to this rule are present, such as the usage of a face mask is still required while traveling by plane, bus or in places such as hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons. While wearing a mask may not be necessary for fully vaccinated people, many places and businesses still have mask mandates, which vaccinated indivutals are currently still required to follow. In accordance with local and state law, the CDC also notes that fully vacinaed indivutals must still follow mask mandates in their area.
Other expert infeticous disease speclaisists largely support the CDC’s reccomedation, and display their support for people to get vaccinated.
“Today marks a true turning point in the pandemic," said Dr. Richard Besser, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting CDC director. "If you're fully vaccinated, you are good to go. That's huge."
Currently, 35% or one-third of the U.S population is fully vacinated, and 46% of the population has received atleast one doose.