ABOUT FACE! Call it V-Day! If you are vaccinated against COVID-19 you no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new guidance yesterday. Get the vaccine and you can ditch the mask and social distancing.

And here’s the most beautiful part. No restrictions on the size of the gathering.

If you make your living in and around events, this news is live music to your ears.

If you work in retail or hospitality, this is a game-changer.

If you wear glasses like moi…. they will no longer be annoyingly fogged up.

Why did the CDC rip the band-aid off? It’s because the efficacy of the vaccine is off the charts.  A published study in the JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, showed the vaccine was 97% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 and 86% effective against asymptomatic infection.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted that even if you are vaccinated and get COVID-19, “the resulting infection is more likely to have a lower viral load, may be shorter in duration, and likely less risk of transmission to others.”

Question – If no one wears masks, how do you tell who has been vaccinated? I propose two raised fingers… in the shape of a V.

Any other ideas?

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