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Covid: US relaxes mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans

Covid: US relaxes mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans”

Biden spoke shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance saying fully-vaccinated people no longer needed to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.

Dr Walensky said: "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing".

The CDC and White House had been facing growing pressure to incentivize getting the Covid-19 vaccine by telling people they wouldn't have to wear a mask if they got it.

"This past year has shown us that this virus can be unpredictable, so if things get worse, there's always a chance that we may need to make changes to these recommendations", she said.

Yes, fully vaccinated people really don't need to wear a mask outside anymore except for in "very unusual" situations, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. "It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly". If someone who's vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately re-mask and get tested, she said. Masks are also still advised for planes and other public transport.

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"I want to be clear that we followed the science here".

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot. He said that there is "not at all" anything wrong with choosing still wear masks, and added that those people "shouldn't be criticized".

In a sign of the Biden administration's embrace of the guidance, the White House emailed staffers Thursday telling them they no longer have to wear a mask on the complex's grounds if they are vaccinated, an official told CNN.

The new guidance comes as the aggressive USA vaccination campaign begins to pay off. US virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began.

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