The CDC recently released new, much-anticipated guidelines on Friday, and it was good news for those who have been vaccinated.
On Friday, the CDC announced that Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could safely travel at home and overseas, providing that they still followed basic health precautions, such as wearing masks when appropriate. This news is bound to increase the number of travelers further, with vaccinated travelers doubtless buoyed to hear that there is a low risk to themselves when traveling.
The announcement was a welcome change for Pamla Wood, who said she hasn't seen her grandchildren since June and has yet to meet her grand-niece.
Travel now safe for the fully vaccinated, but CDC recommends against nonessential trips
The term Fully Vaccinated, as used by CDC, refers to people who have passed the timeline of two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks since they received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose.
The CDC's shift in guidance should be a shot in the arm for the travel industry, which is still struggling from the dip in passengers since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. However, they must still have a negative Covid-19 test before taking a flight to the USA, as well as taking a follow-up test three to five days after their return.
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".More news: Fully vaccinated people can fly in US
The fully vaccinated people are about 17.5 per cent of the whole population.
For worldwide travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to get a COVID-19 test before they leave the United States unless it is required by their global destination. But they do not need to quarantine when they arrive here.
The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.More news: Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel, updated CDC guidance states
The airline group praised the CDC's "updated travel guidance" that eases "travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals". Additionally, they can gather with unvaccinated people without masks, but the visits should be limited to one unvaccinated household at a time.
The U.S. began its vaccine rollout in mid-December. A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February.More news: One officer killed after driver rams into US Capitol barricade