"That's how we have gotten to this day". If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
The FAA reinforced that statement, tweeting, "If you are fully vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask while at the airport and on the plane".
Biden also stressed that some Americans might not yet feel comfortable taking their masks off and urged people to "treat them with kindness and respect".
"The rule is very simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do", Biden said.
The science has shown that those who are fully vaccinated - 2 weeks since their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or since having a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - are protected against COVID-19, said Walensky.
"Just a few hours ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, announced that they are no longer recommending that fully vaccinated people need wear masks".
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Now public health experts are looking for ways to convince people who are hesitant to get vaccinated against the deadly disease. The scholarship would include tuition, room and board, and books, DeWine said.
The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27. "But we know that the more people who are vaccinated, the less cases we will have and the less chances of a new spike or additional variants emerging".
About 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
President Joe Biden on Thursday celebrated the new guidelines lifting mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated, crediting his administration's vaccination program with dramatically reducing the impact of the coronavirus.
Walensky said the evidence from the US and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading.
While the vaccines are helping slow down the spread of the virus, it does not guarantee that the vaccinated are immune from catching or spreading the virus. People with weakened immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients or cancer patients should talk with their doctors before dropping their masks. While this may serve as an incentive for some people to get vaccinated, that is not the objective.