Dr. Mona Hacker says vaccine is not failing following new CDC mask guidelines

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Public health officials in San Diego County are once again recommending mask-wearing indoors for everyone.

The announcement came late Tuesday afternoon, hours after a comparable change in national policy was put into effect by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“New research reveals the Delta variant is much more transmissible and expected to lead to a growing number of cases in vaccinated individuals while primarily striking the unvaccinated,” San Diego County health officials stated, adding that they were following “the latest CDC guidance in recommending the universal wearing of masks by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings.”

The local officials called protective face coverings “an added measure,” while stressing that coronavirus vaccinations “are critical for getting back to the things we love.”

The CDC’s revised guidelines recommend mask-wearing indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in areas experiencing “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission. San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties all fall into that category, according to the federal agency.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced the change, describing the Delta variant as “uniquely different from past strains of the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Walensky called the rapid spread of the variant “worrisome” and said its behavior “warrants an update to our recommendations.”

Dr. Mona Hacker from Horizon Clinical Research joined Good Morning San Diego to help explain the decision made by the CDC. Dr. Hacker said based on what she read that people that are vaccinated can get a breakthrough infection with delta variant. When it comes to masks Dr. Hacker said, “there is a role for masking indoors.”

To increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, the county is now operating the Great Eight, a collection of geographically distributed no-cost vaccination sites that allow people to choose any one of the three vaccines available in the United States, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. For a list of locations and more information, visit www.coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

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