CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

By: - May 13, 2021 5:07 pm

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and CDC director Rochelle Walensky, talks with CDC staff during a briefing March 19, 2021, at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta. (Adam Schultz/Official White House photo)

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said the state would adopt the changes immediately and no longer require fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors or outdoors, or physically distance, unless required by businesses, public transportation or health care facilities.

“This announcement is welcome news, and a testament to the sacrifices Kansans have made over the last year,” Kelly said. “I can think of no better reason for all Kansans to get vaccinated. The sooner we are vaccinated — the sooner we get back to normal.”

Kansas health officials as of Thursday had reported more than 2 million doses of vaccines administered to more than 1.1 million people.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Kansas Reflector. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.