TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County Health Department is encouraging citizens to continue getting vaccinated and wearing masks in public, a press release said Tuesday. This announcement comes just days after the Center for Disease Control announced fully vaccinated people can be unmasked outside and indoors.
“We will continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines,” VCHD Health Educator Ashlee Stewart said. “We encourage the wearing of masks.”
In last week’s CDC announcement, the federal agency said anyone who has not received a shot should continue to wear a mask. The CDC also clarified that the vaccine has been successful in preventing the virus’ spread amongst those who have received it.
“Because of the vaccine, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are decreasing dramatically,” Stewart said in a press release. “The vaccine allows us to live our lives more normally and without fear.”
Going forward, local businesses, schools and other venues in Vigo County can make their own decisions regarding mask requirements; however, the health department encourages everyone to continue taking the virus seriously and to not let up on preventative measures.
“You can still get COVID, it’s still around,” Stewart said. “The CDC has lifted this mandate to kind of ease up on restrictions because the vaccine works.”
The VCHD says self-responsibility will play a major role in the pandemic going forward. According to Stewart, a large part of ending this pandemic involves caring for others, such as wearing a mask to protect those around you.
As of right now, 37.5% of Vigo County residents are fully vaccinated. Currently, anyone in Indiana 12 or older is eligible for the vaccine.
“We have worked together as a community to get where we are now,” Stewart said. “So please don’t ditch your mask just yet and get vaccinated.”