However, while more than 62 percent of adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and some communities far exceeding that number locally — Walensky said that she fears that areas with low vaccination rates are still vulnerable to flare-ups.
“But, we believe getting to 70% would go an extraordinarily long way to making sure that we have community protection,” she added.
“We have pockets of this country that have lower rates of vaccination,” she said. “I worry that this virus is an opportunist and that where we have low rates of vaccination is where we might see it again.”
Then, just over a week before the game, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated public health guidelines, stating that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks outside or inside, no matter the crowd size.