According to information on the state health website, more than half of Fort Bend's residents are fully vaccinated.
COLEEN SULLIVAN: Big and long-awaited changes in mask-wearing guidance from the CDC.
ELLEN LEYVA: Finally. Fully vaccinated people can now safely stop wearing masks, with some exceptions, President announcing the news to the American public on national television this afternoon. Eyewitness News reporter Leticia Juarez joins us live with more on what this all means. Leticia.
LETICIA JUAREZ: Well I'll tell you this, we're all so used to wearing a mask. Talking to many residents here in Riverside, they say some of them, they're ready to just take them on off. And others say they're still not comfortable, just yet. Now while the mask mandate means that fully vaccinated people can take their masks off in some setting, it still means they'll have to wear it in others.
- I'm going to continue on wearing my masks, just for my safety.
- Not everyone is ready to take off their masks yet. Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention telling vaccinated Americans, they can safely go without a face covering.
ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
- The decision comes after data showed COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining across the nation. Under President Biden, 250 million shots have been administered, with nearly 60% of adult Americans who have received at least a single shot. This afternoon, the President appeared maskless for the first time to give his remarks.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: If you've been vaccinated, you don't have to wear your mask and you can shake hands. Get in and give each other a hug.
LETICIA JUAREZ: Moses Ford welcomed the news shortly after receiving his second dose of the vaccine, but still says he's not ready to ditch his mask.
MOSES FORD: I think I'll have to continue wearing masks for sure though, because there's so many people out there that still are not vaccinated.
- The CDC's guidance still calls for wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings, like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. It also recommends unvaccinated people continue wearing a mask, since they are at risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
GEORGE VAZQUEZ: I feel like that's giving you freedom now, so now not having to wear masks is kind of like, getting back to normal. And it's good that people are getting vaccinated, personally I haven't gotten vaccinated.
LETICIA JUAREZ: Now here in the state of California, it will still be up to the California Department of Health and Cal OSHA to determine whether to adopt those CDC guidelines, or to implement their very own. Now of course, the mask mandate will still be required in settings like I said, hospitals, on planes, in trains, in buses. It would also be required at businesses that still mandate them.