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 socially distancing themselves.
The release of the long-awaited guidelines comes as US COVID-19 vaccinations have increased across the country and as the summer travel season approaches. Look up 56 million people in the United States, Or 16.9% of the total population, are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus, and 100 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine.
“We now have several newly published studies documenting the real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, so today we are releasing an update of our guide for fully vaccinated people,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a briefing. at the White House COVID-19 Friday. “Fully vaccinated people can take the trip at little risk to themselves.”
He 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, like COVID-19 houses continue to grow throughout the country, “I advocate against general travel in general.”
The health agency has so far published a guide spreading on what vaccine activity can safely resume. Last month, released safety recommendations allowing vaccinated people to meet at home with each other without masks or with another unvaccinated home if they are at low risk of serious illness.
Here’s what’s new CDC travel guidelines say:
- Fully vaccinated people can resume national trips. They do not need to be tested before or after the flight and do not need self-quarantine after the trip.
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions – such as wearing a mask in public, walking away from social care, and washing their hands – while traveling.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without having a COVID-19 test before it is required from the country in which they are traveling.
- Fully vaccinated people do not need to be quarantined by themselves upon return to the United States, unless required by state or local jurisdiction.
- Fully vaccinated people traveling to the United States from a foreign country must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights. They will also be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after return.
In the last week, health worker data published by the CDC have shown that widely used two-dose vaccines appear to prevent 90% of COVID-19 infections, a highly effective rate, which has boosted the confidence of public health experts in the vaccines. In particular, the discovery that vaccines prevent asymptomatic cases, thought to play a major role in the spread of the virus, has increased confidence in relieving restrictions for vaccinated people.
People are considered completely protected from the vaccines two weeks after their second dose of Modern or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or two weeks after their single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Masks are always needed by plane, bus and train under CDC guidelines, as well as at airports and other travel centers.
U.S. states are reporting a disturbing growth in cases, which Walensky warned threatens a fourth wave. On Monday, the CDC director attributed the increase in cases to the large number of unvaccinated people in the United States, states that have rushed to reopen, the spread of more transmissible variants, and the increase in travel. Other experts they said they are optimistic that while vaccinations will continue to spread, 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 race to life and death against the virus. And the war against this virus is far from won,” Jeff Zients, the White House’s pandemic leader, said Friday. “Even as we vaccinate a record number of people, we have a lot more people to vaccinate, and we see cases growing.”
He added: “We are working to put this pandemic behind us as soon as we can, but we are not here yet. So we need everyone to do their part.”