The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County continues to disseminate information regarding frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine clinics and CDC policy:
I’m vaccinated. Why do I need to wear a mask?
Vaccinated individuals may be able to carry the COVID-19 virus, thus giving it to unvaccinated individuals.
It’s their choice not to get vaccinated. Why should I wear a mask?
There are several individuals who may not be able to receive the vaccine. This includes children, infants, those who are immunocompromised, and those with certain severe allergic reactions.
My child is at school. Should they wear a mask?
Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Visit www.keysschools.com to learn about the Monroe County School District’s mask policy.
Are we in an area of high transmission?
The entire State of Florida is considered high transmission. Visit the CDC Data Tracker for more information: covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker
Does the vaccine protect against variants?
All COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available offer protection against variants.
Why get the vaccine if there will just be more variants?
The more people receive the vaccine there will be less risk of severe illness if vaccinated.
Where can I find information on variants in Florida?
The CDC tracks this data. For more information visit covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker
The CDC updated COVID-19 mask guidelines, based on recommendations on the latest data — new data equals new guidance. When the CDC revised its guidance in May, the delta variant represented 1% of all cases. Today that number is more than 90%. The CDC continues to recommend that policies be based on local transmission rates. These recommendations include:
• Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
• All individuals, regardless of vaccine status, should wear a face mask in indoor public spaces in areas where COVID-19 is considered high transmission. This includes vaccinated individuals.
• CDC now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.