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.
The CDC's updated travel ordinance said that those fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus "are less likely to get and spread COVID-19".
The announcement was made at a time when the United States had administered 92 million doses of the vaccine, and came with a list of things that vaccinated travelers could do instead, such as visit other vaccinated people.
Some Minnesota politicians want vaccinated people to become exempt from travel restrictions impacting the Canada- U.S. border.
Rochelle Walensky urged caution and said she would "advocate against general travel overall" given the rising number of infections. Fully vaccinated people are also allowed to meet indoors without masks. https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1377312255088472064The statement also means that those who have been fully-vaccinated do not need to get tested before leaving the US; they also do not need to quarantine on their arrival back in the country.
A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they get their second round of Pfizer and Moderna shots, or two weeks after their Johnson & Johnson shot. However, they would still need to take the test if the destination rules state so.
In Ontario, public health officials are recommending only essential travel and self-isolating for 14 days when arriving or returning to the province. The agency noted the potential introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world for the cautious guidance on overseas travel.
The CDC had repeatedly declined in recent weeks to change the guidance and repeated it was still discouraging all non-essential travel because of a concern about new variants. Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation while traveling. It also said vaccinated people could visit with unvaccinated people from a single household under similar conditions, as long as the unvaccinated individuals were at low risk for severe illness if infected.