(CMR) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, said during a White House Covid-19 briefing.
Walensky said studies have shown that the vaccine works and that it was safe for fully vaccinated people to go without masks indoors and outdoors around others who have been fully vaccinated.
The CDC’s website, however, specifies that the agency still recommends vaccinated people wear masks on “all planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.” People are also expected to wear masks in health-care facilities, prisons and homeless shelters, as well as places where state and local governments or businesses are requiring masks.
The CDC considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose, either two weeks after the second dose of vaccines from Moderna Inc. or Pfizer, or two weeks after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As of Wednesday, about 154 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but only about one-third of the nation or 117.6 million people, have been fully vaccinated.