Masks no longer required for vaccinated people at the White House

Darnell Taylor
May 13, 2021

The new guidance was announced Thursday by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27. Earlier this week, Fauci said that as more people get vaccinated, "we do need to start being more liberal" with mask rules, and when asked if it's time to relax indoor mask mandates, he said, "I think so".

Just two weeks ago, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all settings and outdoors in large crowds.

To date about 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and more than 117 million are fully vaccinated. In recent weeks, the rate of Americans getting vaccinated has slowed, but is expected to see a surge following the CDC's approval of the use of the vaccines in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.

During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination.

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"Good point", Biden responded.

"We have unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission and unworkable restrictions on summer camps", Collins said. They hope it will encourage more people to get the jab.

He said Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 need to "make that transition".

Walensky noted that people with compromised immune systems should speak to their doctors before giving up their masks.

She said that there is now ample real-world evidence that vaccines are reducing the spread of the virus between fully-vaccinated people. "Whether you choose to get vaccinated or wear a mask, please protect yourself until we get to the finish line", the White House wrote on Twitter announcing the news.

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