Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged press secretary Jen Psaki on the CDC’s new mask recommendations.
Doocy asked why, after weeks of being told that the coronavirus vaccines were safe and effective, officials were reversing course and telling vaccinated people to go back to wearing face masks. (RELATED: Jesse Watters Bucks Vaccine Mandates: ‘We Are Being Lectured By A Guy Who Hid In His Basement For The Entire Pandemic’)
“Why do vaccinated people need to put the masks back on?” Doocy asked. (RELATED: The Two Face Masks Of Dr. Anthony Fauci)
Psaki responded by saying that the coronavirus vaccines were saving lives, referencing a chart behind her and adding that most of those who were being hospitalized were not vaccinated.
“If vaccines work — this sign says that they do — then why do people who have the vaccine need to now wear masks the same as people who have not had it?” Doocy asked again, pointing to the same chart.
“Because the public health leaders in our administration have made the determination, based on data, that that is a way to make sure they are protected, their loved ones are protected, that is an extra step given the transmissibility of the virus,” Psaki said.
The CDC announced new recommendations Tuesday, saying that people in certain areas should wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.
Updated CDC guidance will urge vaccinated people in certain areas of the US to resume wearing masks https://t.co/snIV2umQVY
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 27, 2021
A WH source confirms:
CDC is expected to recommend today that ppl vaccinated for COVID *resume wearing masks* indoors under certain circumstances. Those circumstances include: If living with/in close contact w/ immunocompromised ppl or unvaccinated ppl such as kids under 12.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 27, 2021
The CDC also recommended universal masking for children under 12, as there is not yet an approved vaccine available to them.