More and more countries are considering eliminating the obligation to wear a mask for those vaccinated: the US has already done so and in Spain the debate is already on the table
“It is not true that it is necessary for everyone to wear it [la mascarilla]. The important thing is that the one who is sick carries it. […] We do it because we don’t know who is sick, but if we knew who is, it wouldn’t be necessary. It is more important to prevent. “The words are from Fernando Simón, the coordinator of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, in the interview program ‘What about Évole‘. Beyond the umpteenth debate on the effectiveness of masks, today we are interested in exploring some of the the practical consequences of what appears to be the official position of the Government of Spain.
And it is that, today, there is already a group of citizens that we know is not sick: the vaccinated. Does this mean that sooner rather than later, there will be restrictions that will be removed for those who have already received the vaccine? In Spain the issue is not yet defined, but the Government has already has defended on several occasions that “the vaccination certificate is key to regain mobility and promote tourism.”
And, as if that weren’t enough, the international signals point to the same place: The US has already eliminated the obligation to wear masks for those vaccinated in some cases.
USA moves tab
Last week, the North American CDC already authorized to meet with other immunized people indoors without the need to wear a mask or keep safe distances from “fully vaccinated” people. That is, all the people who have received all the necessary doses and wait the two weeks that it takes to complete the effect.
However, this is only applicable for private meetings. According to CDC guidelines, “those vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and respect the safety distance in public“They must also follow the previous recommendations in relation to” visits or contacts with the population at risk. ”
It is true that this change in the US occurs in a very specific socio-political context. Several governors want to withdraw the mandatory nature of masks opposed by the White House and with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (and one of the best-known faces of managing the pandemic), saying that the end of the restrictions is a “very risky business“. Nevertheless, It is not an isolated incident.
When will we see a similar movement in Spain?
As vaccination levels increase, pressures to reopen the economy and lift restrictions grow. We have seen it throughout the year (as epidemiological data improved), but we have also seen it in countries like Israel that has accelerated the opening of the country with very good results. So the question is not if we will live this debate, but when we will do it and, this is important, how.
Because, from these weeks, when the most vulnerable young patients (transplants, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, people with lung cancer, kidney patients on dialysis, etc …) finish being vaccinated, the decision of which groups are the following can be critical. Y very controversial if, as the latest movements suggest, it establishes an asymmetry between the groups in question. Either way, we’ll see you soon. Europe, led by Spain, wants to promote as soon as possible a “vaccination certificate” that allows the continent to recover mobility and this issue is a key element.