CDC eases indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated Americans

His comments came hours after the CDC announced that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.

The only exception to the rule is in certain crowded indoor spaces, such as buses, and planes, and in congregate settings, such as hospitals, homeless shelters and jails, where CDC still recommends people mask up.

Fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing a face mask in most indoor and outdoor settings, top USA health officials have advised.

"We have all longed for this moment", CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky said at a White House news conference Thursday. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic".

The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27.

Earlier this week the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use on children aged 12-15 meaning even more of the total population will be able to vaccinated in the coming weeks.

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"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. "And that's a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated". He added, "we're going to be moving on that in the next little bit".

The new CDC guidance marks a major turning point in the country's fight against the coronavirus, and creates an important incentive for Americans who have not yet gotten their shots.

The CDC pointed to data from the last few weeks showing the effectiveness of vaccines in the real world, including against variants, making it unlikely for vaccinated people can transmit the virus.

And while some people still get COVID-19 despite vaccination, Walensky said that's rare and cited evidence that those infections tend to be milder, shorter and harder to spread to others. If someone who's vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately re-mask and get tested, she said.

There are some caveats. People with weakened immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients or cancer patients should talk with their doctors before dropping their masks.

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