Confusion over CDC mask guidance

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – There has been some confusion for people after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for wearing masks last week.

The new guidelines state fully vaccinated people can go without masks. Stores like Target are on board with the decision and are allowing fully vaccinated customers to shop without a mask.

Target, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and more major retailers are following the same guidelines as the CDC. This decision is based on the retailer. CVS, Kroger, Walgreens and Lowe’s still require masks.

Some local shoppers said they are fully vaccinated, but they will still be wearing a face mask. They believe the decision by the CDC was too soon and believe more people should be vaccinated first.

Twenty-five percent of Mississippians are fully vaccinated, while 37 percent are fully vaccinated nationwide.

“A lot of these individuals who are unvaccinated, they are not wearing their mask because they are getting the wrong message. We really need to revisit this and get the information out there because safety is now being compromised,” said Dr. Timothy Quinn, who is on the City of Jackson’s Coronavirus Task Force.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the guidance isn’t permission to shed masks for everybody everywhere. This is just for the fully vaccinated if wherever you’re going doesn’t require them. 

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