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CDC says travel is low risk for vaccinated people with masks

A woman at the airport holds her passport covid-19 vaccine record card and boarding pass CDC says travel for fully vaccinated people has "low risk"
Conrad Doyle | 03 April, 2021, 02:41

Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to test before or after traveling domestically or internationally from the USA, the CDC said in updated guidance on Friday.

"With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest science about what fully vaccinated people can do safely, now including guidance on safe travel", said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

- For global travel, the agency says vaccinated people do not need to get a COVID-19 test before leaving, though some destinations may require it.

The CDC, along with President Biden, are urging Americans to follow public health guidelines and get vaccinated.

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. People are already traveling and making decisions on their own. For worldwide travel, they don't need a test unless it's required by their destination country and don't need to quarantine once back in the USA, but should be tested before boarding a return flight. He said the CDC's acknowledgment that vaccinations eliminate the need for testing and quarantine removes a key barrier to domestic travel.

The CDC advised that people celebrate by avoiding large crowds and gather with people in their immediate household.

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.

"By working closely with national and global health authorities and using our scale to reach people quickly", the blog said, "we're doing our part to help people get credible information, get vaccinated, and encourage others to do the same so we can come back together safely".

It is expected that the USA will surpass 100 million people who have received at least one dose of vaccine Friday.

Facebook is launching new COVID-19 vaccine profile frames in hopes of encouraging more people to get the jab.

The CDC also recommends that people get tested three to five days after travel. A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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