CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

Woman in a U.S. flag mask on her face
A woman wears a protective mask decorated with the American flag. (Oli Scarff | Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic.