In a rather sudden change earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control revised their guidance for vaccinated Americans, now saying that in most circumstances, masks are no longer needed for indoor or outdoor activities. The CDC said the following in a release on their website;
“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
Being fully vaccinated means being two weeks removed from the second dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen, or two weeks removed from the first shot of a single shot vaccine regimen. While it is possible to contract COVID-19 after being vaccinated, the risk is drastically reduced, especially in outdoor settings and among vaccinated individuals.
The CDC went on to add that individuals with a compromised immune system or underlying conditions should consult their physician before ditching the mask, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated.
As of May 17th, approximately 37.3% of Americans have been fully vaccinated. Connecticut leads the way with 48.73% of its adult population having gotten the full dose of vaccine. Mississippi rounds up the back with just 25.8% of its adult population having received the necessary shots.
Curious about getting a vaccine? Speak to a trusted healthcare provider for more information.