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Behind the CDC’s new COVID-19 mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated

Health Affairs This Week

Behind the CDC’s new COVID-19 mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated

Listen to Health Affairs' Chris Fleming and Vabren Watts discuss the latest CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 and whether fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors.
May 21, 2021

Behind the CDC’s new COVID-19 mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated

Last week, the CDC updated its guidance on mask-wearing in public for individuals that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency stated, “if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.” That means fully vaccinated individuals can wear masks indoors or outdoors if they choose to.

Unsurprisingly, this guidance was met with controversy.

Some critics felt the guidelines were too abrupt while others questioned if the guidelines hold up principles of health equity. On today’s episode of Health Affairs This Week, Health Affairs’ Blog Editor Chris Fleming and Director of Equity Vabren Watts review the CDC guidelines and discuss the criticism and remaining questions surrounding the agency’s decision.

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