“Hopefully, this will be the wakeup call for those who are still vaccine hesitant to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated,” said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, medical epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
While he’s not concerned about the pandemic surging to the same kind of devastation seen half a year ago, he is “concerned about the trajectory and the speed of the doubling of new cases.”
“Once we can turn the corner again on this increase, I am confident the county will remove that mandate,” Kim-Farley said. “It’s just a matter of everyone playing their part.”
Gandhi, of UC San Francisco, agreed that vaccinated people masking indoors can be a reasonable policy decision if there are more than 5 people hospitalized for COVID-19 for every 100,000 residents.