People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot.
In recent days, though, Walensky has pledged an update on both the CDC's guidance for vaccinated Americans and the science that supports the changes.More news: World Health Organization has not associated 'Indian Variant' with B.1.617 strain, says Centre
The CDC said fully vaccinated people should still wear masks where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, and abide by such rules and regulations, including from local businesses and workplace guidance. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you have stopped doing since the start of the pandemic".
President Joe Biden was set to highlight the new guidance Thursday afternoon in a speech from the White House. They said they also factored in the country's declining cases, and the rarity of breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated.
'I recognize some parents want to see how it goes, but I am encouraging all children to be vaccinated, ' she said during the hearing.More news: European Union doesn’t renew order for AstraZeneca vaccine
"If you're going into a completely crowded situation, where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask", he added.
CDC officials cited a growing body of real-world evidence demonstrating the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines and noted the shots offer protection even against more contagious variants circulating in the United States.
The more people continue to get vaccinated, the faster infections will drop - and the harder it will be for the virus to mutate enough to escape vaccines, she stressed, urging everyone 12 and older who's not yet vaccinated to sign up. If someone who's vaccinated does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately put their mask back on and get tested, she said.More news: Fauci says wearing masks could become seasonal following the pandemic
They now say that guests should not wear a mask when doing activities that may get the mask wet, like swimming at a beach or in recreational water facilities. That's because of continued uncertainty about whether the vaccines can rev up a weakened immune system as well as they do normal, healthy ones.