According to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, front liners who have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer no longer carry the virus and show an extremely reduced risk of infection.
"We're vaccinating so very fast, our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that it's not just in the clinical trials but it's also in real world data," CDC director Rochelle Walensky told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow this week.
That's very good news, considering that the CDC has been warning those who had been vaccinated to still be cautious, wear masks, and socially distance.
The study examined 3,950 vaccinated healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers across eight locations in the country over a period of 13 weeks. After a second dose of the vaccine, risk of infection was reduced by an astonishing 90 percent.
"This study shows that our national vaccination efforts are working," Walensky said in an official statement.
"These findings should offer hope to the millions of Americans receiving COVID-19 vaccines each day and to those who will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated in the weeks ahead," Walensky added. "The authorized vaccines are the key tool that will help bring an end to this devastating pandemic."
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