June 12, 2021

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Walmart will no longer require masks from employees and customers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States

Photo: REUTERS / Brendan McDermott

Walmart, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, Stop requiring the use of masks for employees and clients who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 That is, two weeks after completing his immunizations — after the country’s health officials pointed out that those who did so could stop using it in closed areas, local media reported.

According to an internal company report quoted by the channel CNBC, From this Friday customers will be able to dispense with the use of safety masks, while employees will be able to stop wearing them from next Tuesday.

However, the company noted that supermarkets follow the rules dictated by local authorities regarding the use of these protective clothing.

For retail chain workers, The company stated that it would restrict itself to asking its staff in writing whether they had been vaccinated before allowing the mask to be used..

“Honesty is one of our core values ​​and we hope that partners will value that policy when responding,” the company said in the letter. However, the company Yes, proof of vaccination will be required from workers who wish to access the $ 75 bonus it offers to receive the vaccine.

Yesterday, the director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Valensky, “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in large and small indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or keeping physical distance. If you are completely vaccinated, you may stop doing it due to infection”.

CDC Director Rochelle Valensky.  Photo: Susan Walsh / Pool via REUTERS
CDC Director Rochelle Valensky. Photo: Susan Walsh / Pool via REUTERS

At a conference at the White House, Valensky pointed out that it continues to call for use in crowded interiors such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters., But it will ease restrictions on workplaces and schools.

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It also announced that it would remove the sign that fully vaccinated people would wear masks outside the crowd.

According to the expert, today it can be said with confidence Vaccines work, they are resistant to new strains, and vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus.. In addition, most of these sources came from real-world research – for example in Israel – not from a laboratory.

The announcement coincided with a moment when the massive vaccination campaign in the United States began to bear fruit: cases of infection. Are at the lowest rate since September, Deaths have been at an all-time low since last April and the positive rate has been at an all-time low since the outbreak began.

CDC data show that more than 155 million people – 46.8 percent of the population – have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while those over 120 million – 36.2 percent are fully immunized.

The rate of new vaccines has been declining in recent weeks, but with approval issued Wednesday to place the Pfizer vaccine on children between the ages of 12 and 15, A new hike is expected in the coming days.

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