COVID recommendations from the CDC can change seemingly overnight, which might explain why Rep. Don Young’s new video urging Alaskans to get vaccinated is already out of date.
It’s unclear when Young recorded his message, but it was posted on July 29, showing Young sitting at his desk and extoling the benefits of the experimental COVID shots. The video was produced by the State of Alaska as part of it’s “Sleeves Up for Summer” pro-vaccine campaign.
“There’s much misinformation out there, so I’ll be very clear in my position,” Young begins. After assuring Alaskans that the shots are safe, effective and free, he then says Alaskans must take the new Delta strain seriously.
“That is why I chose to get vaccinated and I think you should do the same. These shots can save your life and the lives of people around you. They’ll help us fight this virus and get done with it, so we don’t have to wear the mask anymore.”
Young’s comments about the vaccinated being able to ditch masks comes just two days after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that the “fully vaccinated” should wear masks indoors to minimize their chances of contracting or spreading the virus.
Additionally, the CDC is now saying the fully vaccinated should get tested if they come in contact with someone who has COVID, even if the vaccinated person has no symptoms.
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“You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative,” the CDC states. “You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.”
The new CDC guidelines come just six weeks after the agency proclaimed fully vaccinated people could dispense with masks indoors because of the protection vaccines provide. The revised guidelines suggest that vaccines are not nearly as effective at preventing the contraction or spread of COVID.
While the CDC advice is not mandated, multiple state and local governments lean heavily on the agency’s guidance to impose mandates at the regional level.
Juneau, for instance, just announced that it will return to a masks mandate for all residents in indoor public settings as well as outdoor settings where six feet of distancing cannot be maintained.