It has been confirmed that Americans who are fully vaccinated (have completed the doses) can go without masks or physical distancing in many cases, even when they are indoors or within large groups. This has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released this Thursday, May 13th. Such announcement paves the way for society.
There are some people who will still need to wear masks. This will ring true in a health-care affiliated setting and any other business that requires them even if they have had their final vaccine dose recently. This is what was established by CDC Director Dr. Walensky. Also, fully vaccinated people will still need to wear masks on any means of public transportation such as buses, trains, airplanes, etc.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Walensky said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. ” She also said how we have long for a sense of normalcy for the last, frantic few months.
Walensky also confirmed that unvaccinated people should still continue wearing masks since they remain at risk of severe illness, death, and also great peril of spreading the disease to others. Just as well, people who have compromised immune systems should speak with their doctors before completely giving up the use of masks.
However, she said there is always a chance that the CDC will change once again its guidance if the pandemic happens to worsen, or new variants of the virus happen to emerge.
“This is an exciting and powerful moment, it could only happen because of the work of so many who made sure we have the rapid administration of three safe and effective vaccines,” Walensky also added. The reopening of society is thus a great possibility.
This announcement comes ahead of the Fourth of July and Memorial Day parade season. President Biden has also said that he hopes enough Americans are vaccinated by Independence Day in order to be able to safely hold gatherings and celebrations outside.
Last week, the President announced his objective with the administration in its with relation to the coronavirus. This includes getting 70% of U.S. adults to receive at the very least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and also having approximately 160 million adults fully vaccinated by the 4th of July.
More than 151 million Americans, aged 18 or older, have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to data that has been collected by the CDC. This represents 58.7% of the U.S. adult population. Another rough estimate included the fully vaccinated population with 116 million American adults, representing 45.1% of the U.S. adult population. In order to achieve the President’s goal, administration is working hard to make a Covid vaccine shot that is very convenient and simple in order to encourage people to get the shot.
President Biden is also directing thousand of pharmacies to provide walk-in vaccinations for people without appointments. Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support mobile and pop-up clinics which are designed for individuals who may have trouble reaching vaccination sites. Additionally, the White House announced a partnership with Lyft and Uber that will offer free lifts to vaccination sites until the 4th of July.
The latest CDC guidance will definitely mark a turning point in the pandemic and will also encourage more Americans, especially those who are hesitant about receiving any kind of shots to get vaccinated.
U.S. health officials have declared that the Covid vaccines are highly effective, stressing their effects in various studies including one of Israel which has established that the Pfizer-BioNTech is around 97% effective and successful in preventing infections in fully vaccinated people.
This has been deemed an important step to move forward with the vaccines and the fight against the coronavirus. It has also been considered another incentive to get vaccinated for the American population.
A specialist in infectious disease, Dr. Bogoch, has provided that the guidance has been pragmatic and aligning with science. It also shows how mass vaccination can authentically be a path towards the normalcy seeked the last few months.
The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible and create incentives for the people who are still unwilling to get any kind of shots. It may be a bit tough, but latest studies definitely prove the effectiveness of the vaccines. However, we have to remain alert and consider the toll that the pandemic will have as the year progresses as well as watch out for new variants that might surge.