The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not release guidance on practices deemed safe for those fully vaccinated against coronavirus on Thursday as expected. In a statement sent to Fox News on Wednesday, an agency spokesperson said the guide “was not finalized.”
“The CDC post-vaccination guide will not be released tomorrow because we have not finalized it here at the CDC,” said Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman. “Once it is final, we will publish and disseminate it.”
Earlier this week, Fox News learned that the guidelines would allow those who are fully vaccinated to meet in small groups and visit grandparents living in nursing homes who have also been fully vaccinated.
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The CDC is not expected to revoke guidelines such as wearing masks in public, limiting gatherings, social distancing, and other public health measures that were put in place to combat the pandemic.
The guide may also refer to trips for vaccinated people. McDonald did not say when the agency expected to finish the imminent updates.
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According to CDC data, approximately 8.1% of the US population, roughly 27 million people, is fully vaccinated. Questions continue to arise about when it would be safe to visit older relatives or gather indoors without masks, as well as when it will be safe to travel.
Drs. Anthony Fauci and Rochelle Walensky have come under increasing pressure on the issues as the number of vaccines administered continues to rise and as new coronavirus cases show signs of stabilizing.
Several states such as Mississippi and Texas have reversed restrictions and removed mask mandates citing declining cases and hospital fees, but top health officials and the Biden administration have pleaded with the public to continue to adhere to public health measures.
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“Today we are at a critical nexus in the pandemic, many things may change in the coming weeks,” Walensky said at a news conference on Wednesday. “On the one hand, the cases in the country are stabilizing at rates just on the cusp of the potential to resurface, and the hypertransmittable variant B.1.1.7 moves ready to hijack our success to date. And on the other hand, the Stamina has run out, fatigue is winning, and the exact steps we’ve taken to stop the pandemic are now flagrantly ignored too often. “
Earlier this week, following the FDA’s emergency use authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine, President Joe Biden said the United States would have enough supply to inoculate all adults in May.
David Lewkowict and RN White of Fox News contributed to this report.