90% of fully vaccinated Americans still wear masks: poll

President Joe Biden removes his mask before speaking about updated CDC mask guidance in April.
President Joe Biden removes his mask before speaking about updated CDC mask guidance in April. Photo credit Getty Images (Drew Angerer)

Although the Centers for Disease Control says fully vaccinated people can resume normal activities without wearing a mask, most of those who have received the injection continue to wear them regardless.

The latest Gallup poll examined Americans’ use of face masks by vaccination status. 90% of fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks. That’s down 5% from Gallup’s April poll. In contrast, those who do not plan to get the vaccine are the least likely to report having worn a mask, at 49%.

This is the first poll of its kind since the CDC released its updated masking guidance in mid-May, allowing fully vaccinated to go without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by law.

More than 170 million Americans are at least partially vaccinated. But with demand for vaccinations slowing, it is unclear if the country will meet President Biden’s goal of getting 70% of the country partially vaccinated by July 4.

As COVID rates among the unvaccinated increase, in part thanks to the contagious Delta variant, the CDC says those who have not inoculated should still wear masks.