Vaccinated people can travel safely, according to new CDC guidelines released Friday, but they must continue to take COVID-19 safety precautions while doing so, such as wearing a mask in public and distancing themselves socially.
The launch of the long-awaited guidelines arrives in the United States COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccinations have increased nationwide and as the summer travel season approaches. About 56 million people in the US, or 16.9% of the total population, are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus and 100 million people has received at least one dose of vaccine.
“We now have several recently published studies documenting the real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, so today we publish an update to our guide for fully vaccinated people,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, at an information session on the White House COVID-19. Friday. “Fully vaccinated people can resume travel with a low risk to themselves.”
She added: “For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandchildren without having a COVID-19 test or self-quarantine, as long as they follow the other recommended prevention measures while traveling.”
But, he said, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, “I would advocate general travel in general.”
To date, the health agency has issued few guidelines on what activities can be safely resumed by vaccinated people. Last month, published safety recommendations allow vaccinated people to gather indoors without masks or with another unvaccinated home if they have a low risk of serious illness.
This is what is new CDC Travel Guidelines say:
- Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel. They do not need to be tested before or after flying and do not need to be quarantined after the trip.
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to take precautions against COVID-19, such as wearing a mask in public, socially distancing themselves, and washing their hands while traveling.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without first taking a COVID-19 test unless the country they are traveling in requires it.
- Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by state or local jurisdiction.
- Fully vaccinated people traveling to the United States from a foreign country should take a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights. COVID-19 should also be tested three or five days after return.
Last week health worker data released by the CDC have shown that widely used two-dose vaccines appear to prevent 90% of COVID-19 infections, a very effective rate, which has added to the confidence of public health experts in shooting. In particular, the finding that traits prevent asymptomatic cases, which are thought to play an important role in the spread of the virus, has increased confidence about easing restrictions on vaccinated people.
People are considered fully protected by vaccines two weeks after their second dose of Modern or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or two weeks after their single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Masks are still needed on planes, buses and trains according to CDC guidelines, as well as at airports and other travel centers.
States across the United States report a worrying increase in cases, which Walensky has warned threatens a fourth increase. On Monday, the CDC director attributed the increase in cases to the large number of unvaccinated people in the U.S., states that have been quick to reopen, the spread of more transmissible variants and the increase in travel. Other experts they have said they are optimistic that as vaccinations continue to roll out, especially among the elderly and other vulnerable populations, an increase in cases will not lead to as many hospitalizations or deaths.
“We are in a deadly race against the virus. And the war against this virus is far from won, “said Jeff Zients, head of the White House pandemic. “Even though we vaccinate a record number of people, we have a lot more people to vaccinate and we see cases increase.”
He added: “We are working to leave this pandemic behind as soon as possible, but we are not there yet. Therefore, we need everyone to do their part.”