New CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people

Dr. Jen Ashton reports on the CDC’s rollback of mask recommendations.
2:15 | 05/14/21

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let's start, of course, with the numbers, as we often do, from Johns Hopkins university, 161.2 million cases of coronavirus confirmed around the world. Death tolls still here in the U.S. Still going up. 584,000 plus deaths here. Now, the CDC reporting the number of people age 12 and up from coast to coast who have received at least one shot of the vaccine, 154.5 million, among them one annalise. Annalise got her first dose of pfizer yesterday and it was cute because so many other parents were in there with their younger teens and it was great to see everyone getting vaccinated. If you need another reason to get vaccinated, Jen, we heard from the CDC a historic moment, a major moment, a lot of people clapping, a complete rollback on mask recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated. Tell us what those recommendations are. Exactly, Amy. It's being called a watershed moment in the pandemic and you use the best word, it's a rollback, not a reversal. This is based on the latest scientific data. It's based on the science of vaccination metrics that's increasing vaccination rate and decreasing case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC saying that if someone is fully vaccinated, that masks are no longer needed in indoor or outdoor environments with a few exceptions like public transportation, people who are in prisons or homeless shelters, and this is because the risk of being infected is exceedingly low after vaccination and the risk of passing that virus to someone else is also low. So for people who are fully vaccinated this was great news for people who are not vaccinated, if they choose to go without a mask, based on the honor system, they are putting their own health at risk. So this was really big news for the country. Big news for us in public health, science and a real kind of important day in this pandemic. Dr. Ashton we hate you'll miss it. Robes and I have a plan. She's bringing the lighter I got the matches. We're going outside, masks and burning them, Dr. Ashton. Okay, I know. We're not going that far yet but, Dr. Ashton, we'll check in with you again. Exactly. Let's turn to Kyra Phillips

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