President Joe Biden touted new government guidelines for properly vaccinated communities at a briefing on the pandemic on Thursday. Individuals who are completely vaccinated against coronavirus have no need to wear masks indoors or outside or to maintain a physical distance from those in large or small groups, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reported Thursday at a White House COVID-19 conference.
Biden said that CDC has concluded that completely vaccinated individuals have an extremely low chance of contracting COVID-19. Consequently, once a person is fully vaccinated, he doesn’t need to wear a mask.
The President also urged people to get vaccinated or to carry a face mask until they get vaccinated.
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Individuals that are fully vaccinated are also urged to carry masks in noisy enclosed environments, such as mass transit, clinics, jails, and homeless shelters. Unvaccinated populations are urged to wear masks to shield themselves and others in their immediate vicinity who have not yet received vaccinations.
Biden stated that the announcement is truly wonderful and we must not stop. He said that we are aware of the severity of the virus and the best course of action that can be taken in this regard is to get vaccinated.
The president’s remarks come on the heels of the FDA approving an extended usage permit for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as 12, with the CDC the following suit Wednesday.
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During Thursday’s briefing, the president also echoed a target of 70 percent of the adult population in the United States receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. He stressed that the pandemic will not be eradicated unless it is dealt with on a global scale.
The president presented his remarks in the Rose Garden and then exited the platform alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, all completely vaccinated and unmasked.