Published: Sat, April 03, 2021
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If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States and overseas as long as they continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public, according to new guidance released Friday by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its updated guidance, the agency still "recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19".

The CDC has said it will continue to update guidance about how to socialize, travel and return to workplaces as more Americans get vaccinated.

"Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity", CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. 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.

According to Reuters, the CDC's new guidance says fully vaccinated people would only need the Covid-19 test before worldwide travel if it is required by the global destination. They do not need to quarantine.


Anyone who's been holding off on trying to get a COVID vaccine may now have a new incentive.

"Fully vaccinated" is two weeks after receiving the second dose or the Moderna of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Meanwhile, nothing has changed for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.

Masks are still recommended, along with social distancing and other precautions. However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.

When that guidance was released in early March, Walensky said the agency would wait to change travel recommendations until a higher percentage of Americans were vaccinated and the agency had more evidence regarding whether vaccinated individuals could spread the virus. "At the same time, we must balance this guidance with the fact that most Americans are not yet fully vaccinated, which is likely contributing to our rise in cases", she said.

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