Why bother? White House grilled about masking revival for vaccinated

Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, is having to explain shifting mask recommendations.

Fox News is reporting that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki “was pressed Tuesday on why vaccinated people should return to wearing masks in certain situations since the COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing serious disease,” raising questions about why people should bother getting COVID-19 shots if they will still be expected to mask up.

According to the report, Psaki was responding to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy’s question about masking, saying that such masks are an “extra step” for providing protection against the virus. At the same time, she insisted the vaccines work.

The Daily Caller reported new mask guidance Tuesday, “recommending vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors under certain circumstances as the Delta variant surges.”

According to the Daily Caller report, the country has seen an uptick in COVID cases, primarily the Delta variant that is reportedly responsible for 83 percent of currently analyzed cases. The spike in COVID-19 cases is mainly in areas “with a lower vaccination rate,” the story noted.

The CDC is advising fully vaccinated people to wear masks “while in crowded indoor settings,” Fox News said. They should also practice physical distancing as an option.

Unvaccinated people should continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.

But this backtrack on apparent progress toward opening the country up completely leaves some people wondering why they should bother getting the COVID-19 shot(s) when it evidently doesn’t change anything.

The CDC’s new guidance also includes a recommendation for students in grades K-12 that they wear masks in class, even if they’ve been vaccinated. The Daily Caller noted that at least eight states prohibit schools from requiring masks or vaccinations.

Adding to the confusion is the reminder by the Daily Caller that Joe Biden had announced in April that masks were no longer necessary outside “in small groups.”

In May, the CDC “dropped mask mandates for vaccinated individuals” indoors, the story added.

A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday revealed that among likely voters who have not yet been vaccinated, 79 percent are concerned about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Of those voters who have not been vaccinated, 53 percent do not plan to get the shots.


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