NYC health officials hesitant to bring back mask mandate without seeing data | CDC has yet to provide any data to support decision;
The lack of clarity on what exactly the agency is basing its decision on comes as states and cities across the country are working to vaccinate more of their citizens.
- “While the CDC issued their guidance yesterday at about 3 p.m., they have not yet released their scientific reports on the data that underlies their recommendation,” New York City Health and Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz said at a Wednesday press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- “We’re assessing the information. What really is important is to assess the research behind it. Which is what our team is doing,” de Blasio said when asked why the city is delaying any action to mandate mask-wearing for vaccinated folks. “We’ve got to make sure we understand the ramifications and what makes sense to do.”