But CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that, despite the new guidance for vaccinated people, now was still not a good time to take a trip.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday morning updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science.
"Fully vaccinated" is two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
"There's several new babies in our family and it's just killing everybody that we haven't been able to get together and to see them", she said.
One year after the pandemic hit the USA, 101.8 million have gotten their first Covid-19 vaccine shot, which is a little over 30 percent of the total US population. "We are continuing to evaluate the evidence", the spokesperson added.
However, while fully vaccinated people who travel are at low risk, the number of COVID-19 cases does continue to rise. During an MSNBC interview with Rachel Maddow on Monday, Walensky said: "Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick".
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.
Tennis players who have completed COVID-19 vaccination would no longer be considered as close contacts of anyone testing positive for the virus, according to new protocols put in place for tournaments by the men's governing body ATP. 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. The CDC also said that though fully vaccinated, the travellers should remain masked for the duration of their journey.