Friday, 16 April, 2021

Vaccinated people can resume travel at 'low risk' -CDC

The CDC Has Announced New Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Travelers JUST IN: CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People are Cleared to Travel
Ginger Lawrence | 03 April, 2021, 22:56

The CDC admitted that whilst they would prefer if people stayed at home and avoid travel, they had enough evidence as to the effectiveness of the vaccines, which showed people could travel "at low risk to themselves".

The new guidance from the agency states that fully vaccinated Americans are exempt from Covid-19 tests before and after travel and do not have to quarantine "unless the destination requires it".

The new guidance comes as almost a third of the country's adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The new CDC guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren.

The CDC is sticking to its guidance for unvaccinated people to avoid unnecessary travel.

In Ontario, public health officials are recommending only essential travel and self-isolating for 14 days when arriving or returning to the province.

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Rochelle Walensky urged caution and said she would "advocate against general travel overall" given the rising number of infections.

In recent weeks, the USA has seen more and more people starting to travel once again, reporting the highest travel-related statistics since the pandemic began. It is also keeping requirements that almost all worldwide US air visitors getting a negative COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States.

For domestic travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to get a COVID-19 test before or after travel, and do not need to self-quarantine after travel.

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

Mask-wearing and other safety precautions should still be taken in airports and other public spaces, the guidelines read.

The U.S. began its vaccine rollout in mid-December. That means the second shot for vaccines that require two jabs. A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February.

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They should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don't get tested at the conclusion of travel.