So he did his part to keep himself and his community safe: mostly stayed home, wore his mask and had only a close group of people he interacted with.
“I was one of those people, the second the CDC said vaccinated people don’t need masks outdoors or indoors, I was like ‘Hallelujah,'” McCullough told CNN.
But with Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations now surging again and officials across the US suddenly reimposing restrictions after a summer of semi normalcy, McCullough and many other vaccinated Americans are becoming increasingly angry at those who are refusing the shot.
“I did what I had to do,” McCullough told CNN. “Now, these people who are making this selfish decision are going to make me suffer the consequences.”
McCullough says he’s now back to bringing his mask with him when he goes out and worries his community could soon face a fresh round of strict restrictions.
“The repercussions are going to fall on people like me, that took responsibility,” he said. “And that’s infuriating.”
‘It just feels like it’s not going to end’
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” Biden said.
Tim Hildreth, 39, who lives in nearby Powder Springs, said it’s frustrating to feel like he’s slipping back out of the normalcy that he briefly got a taste of after he was vaccinated.
“I’m done with these mandates to protect people who won’t go out of their way to do it themselves,” Hildreth said.
He said he worked from home during the pandemic, and his young daughter was always masked up when she went to school. Hildreth got the vaccine because he was eager to go back to a pre-pandemic lifestyle and be able to attend concerts and sports events.
But now, amid a fresh surge, he says, “it just feels like it’s not going to end.”
Expert: It makes sense to be angry with returning guidelines
Experts say it’s expected many will feel angry with returning mask measures.
“It’s very hard to pull the finish line away from somebody when it feels like they finally have the ribbon at the end in sight,” American Psychological Association chief science officer Mitch Prinstein told CNN.
“I think we can also understand the anger in the context of exhaustion, anxiety, uncertainty, and you know, a serious division of ideology too,” Prinstein added. “These factors are very real and very concerning right now.”
Jenny Tolford, who lives in a rural northern California community, said the thought of not being able to go back to normal any time soon…