Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will no longer wear a face mask on Capitol Hill because he has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Cruz told CNN Thursday that he and other senators and staff working on the Hill have been vaccinated and that he no longer needs to wear a face mask. In the past, Cruz has compared said that wearing face masks after being vaccinated is a type of theatrical virtue signaling.
“At this point, I’ve been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated,” Cruz said. He is the second lawmaker, following Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), to ditch face masks on Capitol Hill.
Once fully vaccinated, Americans have almost no chance of contracting COVID-19. Out of 76.6 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, about 5,800 people have later tested positive for the virus, an infection rate of 0.008%, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.
CDC guidelines on what one can and cannot do post-vaccination are relatively restrictive, recommending people stay away from medium to large gatherings and maintain social distancing and wear masks while in public settings. According to the CDC, vaccinated people can unmask in private settings with a group of people who have also been vaccinated. Vaccinated people may also travel via plane with being tested before and after or quarantining.