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Some people say they will still wear masks until they feel more comfortable

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.  

Wearing masks has really become a part of our daily lives, and people in Fort Wayne say they never thought this day would come. 

 After more than a year of putting on and taking off face masks it’s finally coming to an end but only if you're vaccinated.  

Erin McCarthy says she still feels apprehensive to take off her mask though. 

“I’m still going to be very cautious and wear my mask in public settings,” she said. "I mean, it's kind of become second nature to me, but it's cool that I won't have to remember to wear my mask. My glasses won't fog up, we're finally going back to truly normal, so I'm very excited." 

She says she will still wear a mask in crowded spaces until she feels more comfortable. 

Alec Pena says he feels similar and he’s still not sure we are ready to go back to normal.  

"I just got myself vaccinated, which is really exciting, so I feel really good,” Pena said. "I’ll definitely wear them when I’m not feeling well or when I'm not feeling safe.” 

He says it does make him hopeful after losing so much in the last year, like his college graduation that was cancelled. 

“Especially me and myself, my family, we've been all vaccinated, so we're feeling a lot more comfortable meeting together, not having to wear the mask,” he said. “That's a really good step in the right direction." 

He says he does feel better going into public places now like bars, restaurants or large events. 

The CDC says they still want fully vaccinated people wearing masks in certain places like in hospitals, on public transportation or on an airplane. Also those who have compromised immune systems are urged to talk to their doctors before ditching their masks. 

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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