Monday, June 5, 2023

CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Ditch the Mask

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC), the national public health agency of the United States announced today that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear the mask during indoor and outdoor activities.

What the CDC says

“If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press briefing.

The big picture

COVID-19 cases have fallen in the US and are reported to be the lowest since July of last year. It remains to be seen what this new guideline means for the Bahamas and the rest of the world.

Worth noting

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine giving the immune system sufficient time to develop antibodies against the virus.

Driving the news

Fifty-eight new cases were reported in the Bahamas on Thursday–56 in New Providence; 1 in Grand Bahama; and 1 in Eleuthera.

On Monday, the second dose of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine began.

And the next batch of vaccines, comprising of 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca, through the COVAX facility arrived in the country on Tuesday.

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