U.S. authorities have allowed citizens to walk without masks regardless of having a COVID-19 vaccination. The guidelines were published on the U.S. federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website April 27.
It specifies that it is allowed to “walk, ride a bicycle, go for a run” without wearing a protective mask regardless of whether a person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. It is stated that citizens who have been vaccinated are not allowed to wear masks when visiting outdoor porches of cafes and restaurants.
Those who have not yet been vaccinated are not allowed to wear masks if the people around them have been vaccinated, otherwise it is recommended not to neglect the protection.
At public events – concerts, parades or outdoor sports tournaments – masks are recommended to be worn; indoors, they are still mandatory.
According to the CDC, more than 42.5 percent of Americans (more than 140.9 million people) have received at least one dose of the coronavirus drug, and about 28.9 percent – 95.8 million people – have been fully vaccinated.
According to The New York Times, which cites data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 8% of U.S. citizens (more than 5 million people) who were vaccinated with the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna products declined a second injection.
Some patients are afraid of possible side effects, while others believe that one injection is enough to develop long-term immunity to COVID-19. Sometimes, the newspaper specifies, vaccination centers themselves canceled the appointment for the second vaccination because they ran out of the right drugs.
Three vaccines against COVID-19 have been registered in the United States: one from Pfizer/BioNTech and two from American companies Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.