CDC Lifts Most Face Mask Rules, Cruise Regs Coming Next?

Ruben Fields
May 14, 2021

His comments came hours after the CDC announced that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.

Vaccinated members of the media will not need to wear a mask at President Biden's Covid-19 remarks this afternoon either, according to a White House official.

The science has shown that those who are fully vaccinated - 2 weeks since their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or since having a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - are protected against COVID-19, said Walensky.

"That's how we have gotten to this day".

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. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or wear a mask, please protect yourself until we get to the finish line.

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Walensky clarified later on in Thursday's briefing that the agency still recommends that masks be worn while traveling, including planes, trains and buses.

And Walensky warned that those who are immunocompromised should speak to their doctors before putting down their masks.

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. More than 117 million Americans are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people coming to the United States from other countries must still get tested within three days of boarding a flight and are advised by the CDC to get tested three to five days after arriving. The AP reports that during a virtual meeting between Biden and a bipartisan group of governors Thursday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called for more freedom for those who are already vaccinated.

"We followed the science here", said Walensky, adding, "a coalescence of more science that has emerged just in the last week". While this may serve as an incentive for some people to get vaccinated, that is not the objective.

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