On Thursday, the CDC and Prevention (CDC) relaxed mask-wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated people, enabling them to avoid wearing masks outside in crowds and in most indoor environments, in a big move toward returning to pre-pandemic life. President Joe Biden said, “Today is a great day for America. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.”
While masks are still needed in crowded indoor settings such as buses, airlines, hospitals, jails, and homeless shelters, the new guidelines will help pave the way for the reopening of offices, schools, and other venues — also eliminating the need for social distancing for those who are completely vaccinated.
The CDC and the Biden administration have been under pressure to relax restrictions on fully vaccinated people — those who have received their last mandatory COVID-19 vaccine dose two weeks ago — in order to emphasise the importance of having the shot. The country’s ambitious vaccine programme has paid off: virus outbreaks in the United States have dropped to their lowest level since September, deaths have dropped to their lowest level since April.
The test positivity rates have dropped to their lowest level since the pandemic started. The long-awaited move, according to Walensky, is due to the millions of people who have been vaccinated and is focused on the most up-to-date science on how well the shots work. Rochelle Walensky, Director of CDC, said, “We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”