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.
And, during Friday's White House briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said it would be better if vaccinated people stayed home.
Fully vaccinated people who are traveling internationally do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the United States unless their destination requires them to be, and they do not need to self-quarantine upon arriving in the country, federal health officials said. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves.
The industry, however, is still waiting on guidance from the CDC.
All people, even if vaccinated, should still wear masks on planes, the CDC said.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.
The CDC previously released guidance for what vaccinated people can do. CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the US, and get tested 3-5 days later. Already, the agency had said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.
Meanwhile, nothing has changed for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
On Friday, the CDC announced that vaccinated Americans could travel safely in the nation without having to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19. Unvaccinated travelers should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. Walensky warned this week that Americans can't abandon mitigation efforts, saying she is scared of "impending doom" as a fourth wave begins to crest.
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