Dr Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that many Americans “misinterpret” the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most cases.
In an interview with Axios, Fauci told news agency co-founder Mike Allen that the new federal guidelines were “an assurance for those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe whether they are at home. ‘outside or inside’.
“I think people misinterpret, thinking this is the removal of a mask warrant for everyone – it isn’t,” Fauci said.
Fauci added that many Americans do not read the advice critically.
“People read them quickly, or listen to them and hear half of them. They have the feeling that we are saying: “You don’t need the mask anymore”. That’s not what the CDC said, ”Fauci said. “They said, if you are vaccinated you can feel safe – that you won’t get infected either outside or inside. He did not explicitly say that unvaccinated people should ditch their masks. “
With the decline in coronavirus cases across the country, a growing number of states have started to lift pandemic restrictions. However, widely varying vaccination rates from state to state have prompted some companies like Trader Joe’s and Instacart to pay their employees, prompting them to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Some states have also been creative in getting residents to get vaccinated.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a new incentive program for people in his state to get vaccinated – a million dollar lottery.
Other states like West Virginia offer $ 100 Savings Bonds to people aged 16 to 35, New Jersey offers free beers, and New York City offers free MetroCards to anyone who gets vaccinated in a community. metro vaccination site.
About 37 percent of the population have been fully immunized and at least 47 percent have received a dose, according to the CDC.