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Virginia leaders to review new CDC guidelines on masks for vaccinated people

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 11:29 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Governor Ralph Northam’s Office said leaders will review the new CDC guidelines mask wearing for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The change comes thanks to the more than 150 million Americans who’ve received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC says fully vaccinated people - meaning those beyond two weeks of getting their last shot - don’t have to wear masks indoors unless they’re in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

The new guidance also strips away the need for social distancing among fully vaccinated people and mask-wearing in outdoor crowds.

While it’s still possible to get the virus while vaccinated, the CDC says it’s rare and the infections are mild.

“Ultimately this reinforces the importance of getting vaccinated. Vaccines are our pathway out of this pandemic, and they are how we can all get back to doing what we love. With the expansion of eligibility to everyone 12 and older, more Virginians can get vaccinated than ever before. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get your shot,” a spokesperson for the governor said.

As of right now, there are no changes to Virginia’s mask mandate as the governor and other health leaders are reviewing the new guidance.

“This is a significant policy change at the federal level, and we are in the process of updating state policy to reflect it. Virginia’s guidelines remain in effect, and we will have more to share soon,” the governor’s office said.

“We have to trust the scientists...I appreciate more oxygen,” Mohammed Kilidar said about being able to take off his mask.

People in Richmond have mixed feelings about the change.

“I’ve also been vaccinated, but I feel as a precaution, just continue to wear the mask...I want people surrounding me to wear a mask just to be sure,” Liu Liu said.

Keep in mind, Virginia remains under a state of emergency allowing for that mask mandate through the end of June.

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