Some vaccinated Americans have lost their patience with those refusing the shot as

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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.

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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.”

Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says 'start blaming the unvaccinated folks' for rise in Covid cases
The average number of new cases daily is up more than 400% since last month. Hospitals are again filling with Covid-19 patients — many younger than ever before, and most unvaccinated. Mask mandates are back in parts of the country. And this week, the CDC updated guidance it issued in May and said fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas with “substantial” or “high” Covid-19 transmission to prevent further spread of the dangerous Delta variant. More than 80% of the US population lives in a county impacted by that guidance.
In Alabama –– the least vaccinated state in the country — Gov. Kay Ivey called out residents who are refusing to get their shots, saying “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in cases in her state.
In Alexandria, where McCullough lives, roughly 58.4% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. The city was “elevated to a state of substantial COVID-19 community transmission,” according to a city news release. Health officials there are urging residents to wear masks in public indoor settings. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made the same recommendation to residents Thursday, adding that “getting vaccinated is the surest way we can bring this pandemic to an end.”

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’

Roughly 57.4% of the US population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and roughly 49.5% is fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. Much like face masks, the vaccines became highly politicized in some parts of the country, resulting in vastly different coverage rates. And vaccine hesitancy and refusal were fueled by misinformation and falsehoods that continue to run rampant online.
Areas with low vaccination rates are now seeing dangerous outbreaks.
Average Covid-19 hospitalization rates are nearly three times higher among states that have fully vaccinated less than half of their residents compared to the average among those that have vaccinated more than half, a CNN analysis of federal data found. And Covid-19 case and death rates over the past week were on average more than twice as high among states that have vaccinated less than half of their residents.
President Joe Biden this week said the pandemic rages on “because of the unvaccinated.”

“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” Biden said.

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With increasing concern over the climbing Covid-19 numbers, some local leaders have reimplemented mask mandates for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Late Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order requiring everyone to wear a mask when indoors, citing CDC guidance.

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.”

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