“CDC guidance informs individual behavior, and does not have the force of law,” Boyd wrote.

Even if you’re vaccinated, you should still wear a mask in all health care settings, including hospitals and doctor’s offices, according to the CDC.

And that’s an important distinction to help protect front-line workers, according to The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

“For healthcare personnel, it is often not known whether patients have been vaccinated when they first arrive in need of care, and we provide care for many highly immunocompromised patients who may remain vulnerable to COVID-19 even after vaccination,” the medical professional society said.