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CDC says travel for fully vaccinated people has "low risk"

US says vaccinated people can travel with precautions CDC says travel for fully vaccinated people has "low risk"
Adrian Cunningham | 03 April, 2021, 02:17

People are already traveling and making decisions on their own.

It is expected that the USA will surpass 100 million people who have received at least one dose of vaccine Friday.

The major USA airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and other trade groups had asked the CDC on March 22 to change its guidance to say "vaccinated individuals can travel safely".

CDC defines "fully vaccinated" as at least 2 weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC did not revise guidance for non-vaccinated people. And the CDC recommends people test negative before coming back to the U.S.

For those who are not considered fully-vaccinated, the CDC's guidance remains to limit travel to necessary trips only, get tested one to three days before a trip and three to five days after a trip, and quarantining before and after the trip.

Fully vaccinated Americans can travel safely again, CDC says
A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February. The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.

More than one in five adults in the United States is now fully vaccinated, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing. CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the USA, and get tested 3-5 days later. It added that vaccinated people returning to the United States do not need to self-quarantine unless it is required by state or local authorities.

Airlines do not require COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination for travel in the U.S.

Due to the large number of Americans who remain unvaccinated and the current state of the pandemic, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowds when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19.

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.

Indeed, all US airlines still require passengers to wear masks. That means the second shot for vaccines that require two jabs.

The CDC also said fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit grandkids without the need for a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining but said they should follow CDC advice for traveling safely.