Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, said on "Inside Politics Sunday" that he thinks the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been too cautious when it comes to its guidelines.
“They’ve been both very competent since the new administration took over and very cautious,” Reiner said of the CDC. “And I think too cautious.”
Reiner said that there was no one more stringent about masks than he was for the first 12 months of the pandemic, but now he can say “with certainty” that if someone is fully vaccinated then they are very well immune, no longer need masks in public and can go into places without masks.
“It’s time for the CDC to start embracing this kind of bifurcated strategy and perhaps giving the unvaccinated a hint of what life can be like if they become vaccinated,” he said.
Reiner added that getting vaccinated is a "patriotic duty."
“That’s really the message. And the message to the public is yes, if you get vaccinated, you will not die from this virus, you will not transmit the virus to someone either you love or just a random stranger,” Reiner said.
“That is your patriotic duty. Your patriotic duty now is really no longer to wear a mask if you’ve already done your patriotic duty, which is to get vaccinated.”