on friday World Health Organization It has called on vaccinated people to wear masks as the delta variant spreads. But a senior Alabama official said the mask was not needed.
“Because she has been fully vaccinated and has complete confidence in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Ivey is no longer wearing a mask,” spokeswoman Gina Miola said in an emailed statement.
Experts recently told AL.com that the current vaccine is still effective against the fast-spreading delta variant. But those who are not vaccinated face a serious risk from more contagious and life-threatening strains.
Overall, the number of cases in Alabama will not increase once the variant arrives in the state. At UAB, only six COVID-19 patients remain in hospital.
“Our medical staff are of the opinion that most, if not all, are not vaccinated. But we don’t have accurate information about it,” spokesman Bob Shepard said in an email.
Recent reports from Israel show the pattern of epidemic cases. Despite being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine Estimates for such cases in adults range from one third to 50 percent of infections and are reported to be less severe. Israel has restored mask requirements in its homes but has not locked down.
On Friday, Dr Mariangela Simao, WHO’s Assistant Director-General, told reporters in Geneva: Those vaccinated should continue to wear masks in areas with high transmission rates, and “vaccination alone cannot stop the spread in communities.”
But the CDC still recommends that vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks. The Alabama Department of Public Health is following suit.
“ADPH continues to adhere to the CDC’s recommendations,” spokeswoman Arrol Shehaan said in an email on Monday.
Alabama’s vaccination rate has dropped to less than 10,000 times a day in the past week. About a quarter of that was at the state’s highest point in April. Alabama continues to follow the country, with 32.4% of residents fully vaccinated. It’s ahead of Mississippi’s only state, according to the CDC figures on Monday.
“(Governor Ivey) continues to encourage Alabama residents to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated if possible,” Myola said.