ATLANTA – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on Friday that people in the green light have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel safely in the United States.
The new guidelines say vaccinated passengers are less likely to get and spread the virus, but the CDC still recommends safety measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing their hands.
“Our guidelines reiterate that all passengers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains and other forms of public transport while traveling,”
Fully vaccinated passengers should not be tested before or after the journey, unless such testing is required by their destination. And quarantine is not necessary after inoculation.
MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 01: The words “Masks needed in this area” can be seen as passengers prepare to check in for their Delta flights at Miami International Airport on February 1, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Signed executive order
In its first round of guidelines for vaccinated people, the CDC did not give its blessing to travelers. However, airports saw millions of passengers a day last month – a jump that mimics pre-pandemic levels, Fox News reported.
To date, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved three vaccines. The RNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna require two doses at intervals of about a month, while the Johnson & Johnson shot requires only one injection.
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The CDC says the new guidelines only apply to passengers inoculated with FDA-approved vaccines.
Travel is still not recommended if you are not fully vaccinated, as this increases the chance of the virus spreading. But if travel is inevitable, the CDC has the following guidelines:
- Get tested with a virus test 1-3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask on your nose and mouth.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) away from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Get tested with a virus test 3-5 days after the trip and stay at home and self-quarantine for 7 days after the trip.
- If you do not test, stay home and quarantine 10 days after the trip.
- Avoid being near people who are at increased risk of serious illness for 14 days, whether you are being tested or not.
- Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19; isolate and test if you develop symptoms.
- Follow any state and local recommendations or requirements.
This story was reported by Atlanta.