Why the CDC changed its recommendations for vaccinated people

Answers to viewers’ coronavirus questions from Dr. Jen Ashton.
1:31 | 05/17/21

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I was hoping you would sing it. Feels so good We turn now to Dr. Jen Ashton, with questions online. First question, with the new CDC regs for vaccinated people, what changed? So this is the headline today, the mask confusion. I was in touch with Dr. Rochelle walensky, the CDC director, and Dr. Anthony Fauci last week, they made it crystal clear to me, this was not an about-face, this was an evolution of recommendations and guidelines based on new and emerging data. Facts. Showing that these vaccines are effective against variants, that people who could be break-through cases or infected after having been vaccinated are very unlikely to spread the virus to someone else. And then, looking at the percentage of people in this country who have one dose and then who are fully vaccinated, so their recommendation is based on new data, they're also saying today, in response to the "Confusion," that they are expecting and hoping that people will take their own health into their own hands and so whether that's vaccination or masking, if you're unvaccinated, that's where they're leading us at this point. But the confusion is real. This store says you can. This store says you can't. This state says you can. This state says you can't. That's right. And as we've said many times, throughout this pandemic, the medicine and science at times have been complicated, but I always think that is a whole heck of a lot easier than the political, societal, commercial and all of that. That, you know, I stay in my lane. That's for other people to figure out. All right, noncovid question

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