Via The Post:
Americans who are fully vaccinated can go without masks or physical distancing in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups, federal officials said Thursday, paving the way for a full reopening of society.
The change represents a huge shift symbolically and practically for pandemic-weary Americans, millions of whom have lived with the restrictions for more than a year. A growing number have complained they cannot do more even after being fully vaccinated and criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of being overly cautious. More than 117 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, or about 35 percent of the population.
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. They said they also factored in the country’s declining cases, and the rarity of breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated. Nonetheless, officials cautioned the guidelines could change again if the pandemic should worsen.
Hallelujah! I haven’t ever worn a mask outdoors except on the rare occasions I had to walk through a crowd of strangers, but I live in the boonies, so it hasn’t been a thing. That said, I’m looking forward to my next grocery trip without a mask for the first time in a year.
Honestly, I think this is an admission by the CDC that many of the unvaccinated just aren’t going to get vaccinated no matter what, so there’s no need for the rest of us to suffer to try to protect them. I’m fine with that. I do feel for folks who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons though. It’s too bad so many of our fellow citizens are aggrieved, oppositional defiant-disordered babies, but here we are.
Anyhoo, now I can collect the masks hanging on the PRNDL sticks in our vehicles, launder them one last time and hopefully put them in a drawer forever. (“PRNDL stick” is what my kid calls the gear shift in a car; it’s pronounced “prindle.”)