But since most of the country has not yet received a vaccine, some experts say the move is coming too quickly and has resulted in more Americans having to remove more masks than the CDC suggests.
“I think the CDC intends to say something really good that these vaccines can really prevent,” CNN emergency physician and medical analyst Dr. Lee Na Wen told CNN on Sunday. “Although this has the unintended consequences of their actions”;
“We’ve seen governors, mayors and business owners drop masks and as we now make life much less safe for the unvaccinated, for the immunocompromised, and for the people who are not vaccinated, for the immunocompromised, and for the people who are not vaccinated. Young children who are not yet immunized. Wen added.
Emergency doctor Dr. Megan Ranney also expressed concerns over the weekend about Americans who have not yet been fired due to access challenges and how they might be affected by local and business leaders. Who want to wear a mask
“I would like to call on businesses to keep these mask regulations as long as they can in their businesses to protect their workers,” she told CNN. Well, black and brown groups across the United States, who are often at the forefront of public jobs, are also the most difficult to access vaccines.
‘Not everyone has to tear off the mask.’
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told CNN on Sunday the agency’s new guidelines do not mean that all Americans who are vaccinated should have their masks removed.
For example, Walensky said people with immunocompromised and others at high risk should consult their doctor before deciding to stop wearing masks.
“Not everyone has to remove the mask because our advice has changed,” she said. “If you are concerned, please consult your doctor before removing the mask.”
Walensky also said communities across the United States have different vaccination rates and different rates of Covid-19, and people should keep this in mind when deciding whether to cover up.
She added that the CDC is asking businesses to make sure they help their employees get vaccinated to keep them safe.
The Food and Drug Administration extended emergency authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine last week to include people aged 12 to 15. Children under 12 are not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. 19 in the US
Children who are not vaccinated against the virus will still have to wear masks in classrooms in the fall. Anthony Fosy said on Friday.
“Unvaccinated groups or primary school children – nothing changed for them,” Fauci said.
The CDC sent the wrong message, experts said.
There is a missing gist that might help make this advice more clear to Americans and not make some communities rely on the honor system, one expert said.
“The CDC gets the science right. But they sent the wrong message, ”Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, told CNN on Sunday.
While those who have been fully vaccinated “Fundamental immunity” to the virus, Reiner said, the question is how the community can protect others, such as unvaccinated children or immunocompromised Americans, who may still be at risk.
“The way you protect them, in principle, is to know who is vaccinated and who hasn’t been vaccinated, and who hasn’t had to wear masks, and this is where politics comes in,” Reiner said. If we had a simple electronic system in the first place, essentially you have your calling card that turns green after you’ve got your vaccine, businesses and places across the country will be able to say, ‘Good news. If you have a green card, you don’t need to wear a mask. ”
“We don’t have it, how do we move forward?”
The guidance released last week, Walensky said, was just the first step to help local and state leaders make their own advice on moving forward.
The agency is asking people “Take care of their health” and get vaccinated so they don’t risk further, Walensky said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week”.
“For those who are not vaccinated, our policies have not changed,” she added. “We are going to a place in this outbreak where people who get vaccinated will be able to take off their masks. We are lucky to be there with the science we have and now we need to take this fundamental step.” It is fully grounded in science and understands what it means when we open up a whole country. ”
CNN’s Naomi Thomas and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.