CDC Expected to Again Recommend Masks for Vaccinated Americans, Amid Delta Variant Surge
by Yehudit Garmaise
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to issue new mask guidance today at a 3pm, when the agency is expected to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks under some indoor settings.
The new guidance would reverse the guidance the CDC issued in May when the agency said that vaccinated people no longer had to wear masks.
The CDC’s about-face is a response to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, which has driven surges across the country and now comprises around 83% of cases nationwide, the agency said.
“Whatever happens with masks,” said Mayor de Blasio, who added that he would not go back to restrictions in New York City, “Vaccination is the 'Number One tool.'
“Vaccination is our savior. We can talk about masks, but the thing that will change the entire environment is vaccination.
“If we are not dealing with vaccination, we are not dealing the with problem. Vaccination is really the whole ball game.”
New York City also is working to fend off the third wave of COVID, which President Joe Biden has called, “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” by requiring that all city workers either get vaccinated or provide weekly negative COVID tests and always wear masks at work.
The city’s vaccination mandate will start on Aug. 2 for health care workers, and on Aug. 16 for those who work in risky settings, such as foster care shelters and senior centers.
“On September 13th, the entire city workforce [NYPD, FDNY, teachers, and other workers] will be mandated under the COVID safety mandate to either get vaccinated,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday, “which is far preferable, or get tested once a week.
"We have the right, as employers, to guarantee the health and safety of our employees and everyone they serve," the mayor said this morning. "The only thing that is going to save is is vaccination."
Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said that New York’s vaccination rate was still too low to finally stop COVID from continuing to spread and mutate, dedicated $15 billion for the state’s community organizations to go door-to-door to listen to residents’ concerns about the vaccination, and try to talk them through their fears, so they are able to get their shots for their own safety, the safety of their families, their communities, and the state.
"Vaccination is the right thing to do, and it is what is going to make our recovery possible," Mayor de Blasio said this morning. "You know what to do, everyone."