People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. But King observed that many vaccinated people still feel pressure to wear their mask outdoors or are unsure whether it's truly "time" to remove them.
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The decision was made based on numerous reports and literature that have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, Walensky said, adding: "We have all longed for this moment when can get back to some sense of normalcy". That's according to sources familiar with the recommendations.
Fully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as while on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
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Walensky said if you develop coronavirus symptoms, you should put your mask back on and get tested right away.
According to the CDC's website, masks may still be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. She said that there is now ample real-world evidence that vaccines are reducing the spread of the virus between fully-vaccinated people.
The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27.
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".