This decision by the health authorities was taken in light of scientific research showing that vaccines are also effective against asymptomatic infections and circulating variants.
LHealth officials said Thursday that Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks indoors, partly removing one of the pandemic symbols that were first recommended for everyone in the United States over a year ago.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, small or large, without a mask and without respecting physical distancing,” said Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Thursday. federal health agency.
However, the CDC recommends that vaccinated people continue to wear the mask in transport (planes, buses, trains, etc.), as well as at airports and train stations.
Currently, about 35% of the US population, or more than 117 million people, have received the required vaccine dose (Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in one injection, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in two). And over 153 million people have received at least one dose.
American teens between the ages of 12 and 15 were also able to start vaccinating with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on Thursday.
At the same time, the number of cases in the country fell sharply: the average daily infection within seven days fell to about 36,000 cases. And the daily mortality curve is at its lowest level since early April 2020.
“We’ve all waited a long time for the moment when we can find a semblance of normality,” Rochelle Walenski rejoiced.
The decision by the health authorities was taken in light of scientific research showing that vaccines are also effective against asymptomatic infections and circulating variants, she explained. She also highlighted the fact that the few people who got sick despite being vaccinated were even less contagious.
“If you develop symptoms, you should put on a mask and get tested immediately,” said Rochelle Walenski, however.
She also warned that if the health situation deteriorates, these recommendations can still be changed.
The authorities began recommending all Americans, that is, including those who are not sick, to wear masks from the beginning of April 2020, that is, a little over a year ago.
In recent weeks, they have already gradually begun to loosen their recommendations.
Until now, it has been recommended that vaccinated people do not wear a mask outdoors (except in the crowd) and in the room in between. They could also meet without a mask with unvaccinated people, but only from one other household at a time, and if they did not present the risk factors for Covid-19.