SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -New guidelines from the CDC stating fully vaccinated people can go without a mask, in private settings, is giving some across our community hope. It’s been a year now since the first COVID case was diagnosed in Florida right in our own backyard, at Doctors Hospital.
After nearly a year of masks, mandates, unemployment issues, closures and now vaccines, the CDC’s guidance this week is being described as the light at the end of the tunnel by some on the Suncoast.
The CDC says someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine.
“With more and more people getting vaccinated each day we’re starting to turn a corner,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
Walensky says people who have been fully vaccinated will now not have to get tested for COVID or have to quarantine if they were exposed by someone, as long as they’re not asymptomatic.
“Vaccination is ramping up fast and as we vaccinate more people we can likely do more relaxing,” said SMH epidemiologist Dr. Manuel Gordillo, who has been at the head of battling the virus on the Suncoast.
For some, the vaccine represents hope. “I do feel hopeful that this thing is coming to an end, finally,” said Sarasota County resident Mike Martin.
Others describe it as a hoax. “It’s not a good thing. The vaccination is not a good thing ... this mask thing is a joke,” said Sarasota resident Christine McMasters.
However, others say it’s the right thing to do.
“Allows you to be a little more relaxed around family. My family, we’ve been able to visit somewhat but I know its more important for grandparents and grandchildren who have gone months without being able to be with each other,” said Mike Horan who aims to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Some say the CDC’s guidance is about getting to do what they love again.
“I play music in venues all over and I’d love to get back out there,” said Martin.
The CDC hopes this guidance will help motivate others to get the COVID-19 vaccine.