Last Tuesday, the federal government released a statement announcing that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in most outdoor settings. This statement was issued after another recent change in guidelines were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier last week.
Masks are still required in most indoor settings, large crowded venues such as concerts, sporting events, public transit, and indoor businesses.
Throughout the pandemic, the CDC and many health officials’ guidance and recommendations on masking have shifted numerous times as new facts are found about the virus every day. After vaccines were released through President Trump’s Warp Speed plan, many states began to change their stance on where and when masks are required.
Several states, including Texas, Florida, and Arizona, that had previously ordered mask mandates rescinded them weeks prior to this announcement and have seen record low numbers since. Despite the warnings from the Biden administration that scraping the mask would result in mass casualties, the number of cases began to decrease dramatically.
According to recent numbers released by Texas health officials, the number of new Covid-19 cases in long-term care facilities are averaging 11 new daily cases. The highest monthly average happened in December when it was 614.
So far, more than 146 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 103 million people have been fully vaccinated. Since December of last year, three Covid-19 vaccinations have been developed, including a one-shot injection. Although many Americans have decided to get vaccinated, more than half of the country still remains unvaccinated. It is evident that many Americans still have rational concerns about the efficiency of the vaccines and the virus itself.
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) estimated that 182,874 vaccine doses have been wasted since March. Recent studies have also revealed that two national pharmacy companies have wasted more doses than states, U.S territories, and federal
Months into the Biden administration, it is clear that attempts to vaccinate the large majority of Americans have hit a wall. In response, President Joe Biden has been discussing the implementation of “vaccine passports” requiring Americans to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 to gain entry into specific areas. However, the mysterious pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, several health issues, and recent deaths following the vaccine all are raising concerns for many.
Does the US need a better vaccine carrot — and a bigger stick?
CNN’s @smerconish: “If…encouragement fails, there is also the stick, which could be wielded by government and the private sector. Businesses have particular leverage” https://t.co/NYrLEyV96r pic.twitter.com/klDXLQirbb
— CNN (@CNN) May 1, 2021
On CNN’s Saturday show “Smerconish,” host Michael Smerconish expressed that too many Americans are fearful of the vaccine, so a “bigger carrot” or bigger “stick” should be used by the government to make them take the vaccine.
It is unclear whether the White House and CDC will implement restrictions against unvaccinated Americans. However, many on the far radical left have already expressed that most would not oppose using the promise of freedom in return for getting vaccinated.
One thing seems certain. Decisions like these could issue in totalitarianism unlike the world has ever seen.