Since many states led by Republicans had already eased masking rules, reactions were more obvious in Democratic-led states. The U.S. began the world’s first mass inoculation effort in 12- to 15-year-olds, underscoring the widening gulf in global access to shots.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s now safe for fully vaccinated Americans to go maskless in most indoor and outdoor settings. But even as new guidance is offered, states are still seeing a lag in some places in those going to get the vaccine, prompting officials to offer incentives to get a jab.
From free beer and food to baseball tickets and lottery jackpots, efforts are ramping up to get more shots in arms. Jackson Proskow takes a look at the new CDC guidelines, the concerns about enforcement and the creative inoculation methods underway to get people vaccinated — and what’s being done in Canada to do the same.