But don't toss out those masks just yet. Local state health officials still have the final say on whether or not to implement those guidelines.
|Belinda Thielen | Racine | They wear their masks to protect the community and reserve respirators for health care workers. They wear them for all of us.|
Officials with the Center for Disease Control revised their recommendation around mask wearing Thursday saying that if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you are protected from COVID-19.
The announcement represents a shift from two weeks ago when CDC guidelines exempted people who had been fully vaccinated from not having to wear masks unless in the case of mass gatherings.
But don’t toss out those masks yet. The decision to implement the CDC recommendations would still need to be made at the local and county level.
The guidelines also contain exemptions for federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance that are in place.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the recommendation changed because the number of COVID-19 cases around the country have dropped over the past two weeks by one-third. She also pointed to increasing availability of vaccines and the loosening up of restrictions of who can get the vaccine.
“I would encourage counties and localities to look at how much vaccine they have, how many people have been vaccinated,” she said “Look at how many cases are in their area and to make those decisions with that information in mind.”
“So the science demonstrates that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected,” Walensky said.