The new CDC guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are a “huge, huge emotional release and lift" Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday.
“I’m excited about these guidelines,” Besser, who is now president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “I think it gives us a cautious step forward and an emotional release in the sense that we really, truly are on the road out of this pandemic.”
He offered the example of elderly people who may be socially isolated, saying that they now know that if they are fully vaccinated, they can get together with friends who are also fully vaccinated, and they can hug their grandchildren.
Besser spoke about his own parents, both in their early 90s, and said that he knew for them that “getting two doses of vaccine, being fully vaccinated, now knowing they can get together with other people, that’s a huge, huge emotional release and lift.”