White House celebrates end of mask requirement for the fully vaccinated

President Biden: 'The rule is very simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.'

5/14/2021 12:13:00 AM

President Biden: 'The rule is very simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.'

Biden embraced the new guidelines, but cautioned that more people still needed to be vaccinated.

lifting mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated, crediting his administration's vaccination program with dramatically reducing the impact of the coronavirus."I think it's a great milestone, a great day," Biden said, speaking from the Rose Garden."It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly."

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Earlier Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are fully vaccinated — meaning, two weeks removed from their last shot — no longer need to wear masks or physically distance themselves, indoors or outdoors in most circumstances.

The new guidelines come more than a year after the public was told to start wearing masks, a move that became viewed as much as a political statement as a health precaution by many Americans.May 13, 202102:55Still, Biden warned that the country was not in the clear yet and that too many Americans were dying of the virus. Biden urged people to go and get vaccinated, saying that the CDC's lift of the mask requirement only applies to those who are fully vaccinated. headtopics.com

"The rule is very simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do," Biden said."The choice is yours. You all made this possible. Now let's finish the work of beating this virus and getting everything back to normal."As the CDC announced the new rule, the atmosphere at the White House began to instantly change.

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and a group of senators took their masks off during an Oval Office meeting, and first lady Jill Biden, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and actress Jennifer Garner took their masks off during a trip to a high school in West Virginia following the announcement.

White House staffers were also sent an email announcing that, effective immediately, anyone working on the White House complex who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to wear a mask.Aides were seen Thursday working in the White House without a mask for the first time since Biden took office.

The White House Correspondents' Association sent an email to members on Thursday saying that the mask-wearing requirements for reporters on the White House grounds were immediately lifted for those fully vaccinated.Thursday's announcement is a major milestone for Biden, who entered office at the height of the pandemic when more than 3,000 were dying each day in the United States. He repeatedly pleaded with Americans to wear a mask, and unlike his predecessor routinely wore one when not speaking behind a podium. headtopics.com

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"Look at the smiles on other peoples' faces," Biden said."Better days are ahead. I promise you."Lauren Egan is a White House reporter for NBC News based in Washington. Read more: NBC News »

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Sorry Joe. You can't make everyone get vaccinated it's unconstitutional. I'm vaccinated myself but realize that you can't make everyone bend to your wishes. Give up now it won't end well for ya. The media is making it confusing by trying to get a story going. It’s really simple. Get vaccinated or wear mask. If you don’t do either, you will get sick.

In America, I almost had to hire a lawyer and sue the city of Philadelphia to get the vaccine. The govs own def of Health Disparities include people with mental and physical disabilities, but NO where is there support for anything but race minorities. Something is wrong here. Zionism will end and Palestine will get back all its lands. Jews will be prosecuted again for being so aggressive and their aggression will end as it is mentioned in the Torah.

Not getting vaccinated! Look I don’t trust the vaccine, it isn’t safe. they want you to get it, they want you to get the meds that they mixed together, and rushed out to the public. It was never tested on the virus, it was all rush job. SMH. Or none of the above Yeah! Or lie and buy a fake vaccine card for 100 bucks instead of getting the shot, FOR FREE

I wish my farmer would let me wear a mask...but I’m just a guard donkey who lives in a pasture. 😷 🙄🙄

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I’m vaccinated & will wear my mask until I know COVID19 is gone. Honesty is the best policy until wrong people in the wrong places decide to be dishonest. That's the big gaping hole in this approach. Nah Then why are you still wearing one, Joe? 🤣 Darn skippy How about I do whatever the hell I want! President doesn’t get to make arbitrary laws.

I'm not taking any vaccines n I don't wear a 😷..what you going to do about it. CDC already said you don’t need a mask if vaccinated Wait. So we need to show proof when out in public? I want to see his.

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🖕 I will do both until herd immunity is reached……im guessing forever😅 He can vaccinate these nuts. shomaristone Bet. I’ll take the mask option. COVID19 The same people who want everyone to carry citizenship papers oppose vaccine passports 'This is tyranny!' Scream the people who have never known oppression

I was going to get vaccinated but now after seeing this I don't think I will.

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