CDC Eases Guidance, Says Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely Within US

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 3, 2021

The United States has administered 157,606,463 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 204,719,335 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Until now, the agency advised people to "delay" both domestic and worldwide travel even if they had been vaccinated. They can also skip COVID-19 tests before and after a trip, unless their destination requires it.

While the CDC included both domestic and global travel in their report, they specified that a COVID-19 test prior to traveling is not needed by someone who has completed the vaccination process unless their destination country requires it. Quarantining by fully-vaccinated people after returning to the United States is not necessary unless required by local ordinances.

At a news conference on Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced updated travel guidance for fully vaccinated people. While traveling, the CDC did stress that all vaccinated Americans should continue to practice COVID protocols such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.

"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.

Even before the CDC made its announcement, airlines were already seeing an uptick in 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.

The Ministry of Health said separately that Vietnam aims to vaccinate a fifth of its 98 million people against COVID-19 by the end of the year.

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