Are coronavirus masks necessary for vaccinated people?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that fully vaccinated Americans take certain precautions while in public like wearing a mask and maintaining six feet of distance "until more is known" about the impact the jabs may have on the spread of coronavirus.
While in private, however, the agency says fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with others who are fully vaccinated, and with unvaccinated people from one other household unless any of those people are high-risk.
Several states have since moved to rescind their mask mandates, while others report spikes in cases not seen since last year’s peak.
As recently as Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director, said studies are ongoing about whether vaccinated people will need to continue wearing masks including while outside but added that the more people get the shot the clearer the data will become.
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Sharieff said that the risk of transmission between vaccinated individuals who don’t wear a mask while outdoors is low, but that he doesn’t see widespread mask use ending before 2022 for a number of factors.
Another is vaccinating children, a group that is known to transmit viruses but has not yet been approved to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
"My recommendation is to take all precautions at this time and we make changes in the precautions and loosening restrictions as we learn more about COVID-19," he said.
He cited the variant factor as one reason why he continues to wear a mask while seeing COVID-19 positive patients despite having received the vaccine.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE"I’m a doctor and if I’m seeing a patient who has COVID-19 – I’m vaccinated – I’m still going to wear the mask because I don’t know what variant that person has," he said.
"Unless we have tested for this specific variant, we can consider it but to be safe until we have more data available it’s better to have the mask."
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