NEW YORK (AP) – Add travel to activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to the new US guide released Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say that fully vaccinated people can travel within the US without being tested for coronavirus or without going into quarantine afterward.
Previously, the agency had warned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people, but noted that it would update its guide as more people get vaccinated and evidence accumulates about the protection vaccines provide.
“Every day you get more data and change your orientation based on existing data,” said Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Nebraska.
Khan said the update strengthens the safety and efficacy of vaccines and is another incentive for people to get vaccinated.
According to the CDC, nearly 100 million people in the US, or about 30% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
Unvaccinated people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.
The new guide says:
– Fully vaccinated people can travel within the US, without being tested for coronavirus or self-quarantined. People must still wear a mask, distance themselves socially and avoid crowds, the agency says.
– For international travel, the agency says that vaccinated people do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving, although some destinations may require it.
– Vaccinated individuals must still obtain a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to the US, and must be tested 3-5 days after returning. They do not need to be quarantined. The agency pointed to the possible introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world as a cautious guide to foreign travel.
The CDC cited recent research on the effects of vaccines in the real world for its updated guidance. The agency had already said that fully vaccinated people could visit each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. He also said vaccinated people can visit unvaccinated people from a single household in similar conditions, as long as the unvaccinated people are at low risk of getting serious disease if they become infected.
The United States began launching the vaccine in mid-December with. The first vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, require two doses taken a few weeks apart. Regulators gave the green light to a Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine in late February.
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