Thanks to Israel’s rapid vaccine rollout, we’ve known that mRNA vaccines work fantastically well to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However the CDC has stubbornly clung to guidance saying to keep wearing masks even after you’re vaccinated.
I’ve long thought that the lack of incentive is a big reason why the vaccine uptake rate in the US is anemic.
In Ohio, there will be 5 raffles for a million dollars each for vaccinated people 18 and older and free college tuition raffles for those 12-17 who get vaccinated. But I’m not talking about that kind of incentive.
Rather, the CDC is about to change their recommendations to allow fully vaccinated people to ditch their masks when indoors.
Breaking. NBC News confirms: The CDC will announce that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, indoors or outdoors in almost all circumstances. @MSNBC @NBCNews
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 13, 2021
Reportedly, you’ll still have to mask up in crowded places, like on buses and planes and in hospitals, but it’s a start. The CDC is slowly figuring out that people need more incentive for why they should get vaccinated.
Hopefully the CDC will also lift the need to have a negative COVID-19 test upon returning to the US if you’re vaccinated as well.
The full CDC guidance will be published later today.
Of course the big question is how to ascertain if someone is vaccinated. In Israel you need to show your digital green passport, but no such creature exists in the US. It’s one of the reasons that some countries haven’t yet opened to vaccinated Americans and why Israel requires an antibody test performed in Israel to prove that you were vaccinated or recovered.