What about masks?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH explains how masks can protect both vaccinated and unvaccinated people from getting COVID.

I say, “When in doubt, wear a mask.” Especially, if you’re going indoors and you’re around other people and you don’t know their vaccination status. It’s really important that we continue to wear masks, even if you’re vaccinated and you’re going indoors. Especially, if you live in neighborhoods that have low vaccination rates and high rates of COVID spread. The reason is because you want to be a part of the community that is modeling to everybody else, how important it is to still maintain the other protections that keep unvaccinated populations safe. And right now, the population that’s not eligible to be vaccinated is kids who are younger than age 12. And so, if you wear a mask indoors it protects those folks who can’t yet get a COVID vaccine. So, wear a mask, when in doubt, just put that mask on, it’s simple, it’s easy, and it protects you and the people around you.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

Find FREE COVID Vaccines Near You!

COVID vaccines are available at no cost to everyone ages 12 and older in the U.S., regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Use Vaccines.gov to find a location near you.