JUST IN: CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People are Cleared to Travel


The guidelines come as more Americans feel comfortable traveling.

The CDC has updated their guidance for fully vaccinated Americans and now says they can now resume travel with low risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

But CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that, despite the new guidance for vaccinated people, now was still not a good time to take a trip.

Khan said the update reinforces the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, and is another incentive for people to get vaccinated. The term Fully Vaccinated, as used by CDC, refers to people who have passed the timeline of two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks since they received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

The CDC is sticking to its guidance for unvaccinated people to avoid unnecessary travel.

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Just four weeks ago, the CDC held its ground with regards to their no-travel mantra by announcing that Americans should avoid all travel - even those who had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The CDC's new guidance says fully vaccinated people do not need COVID-19 tests before worldwide travel unless it is required by the global destination and vaccinated people returning from foreign travel do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by state or local authorities. CDC also recommends that travellers who are keen to travel domestically should not get tested unless it is a requirement by the local authorities. They do not need to quarantine. The agency noted the potential introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world for the cautious guidance on overseas travel. Already, the agency had said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.

The announcement was a welcome change for Pamla Wood, who said she hasn't seen her grandchildren since June and has yet to meet her grand-niece. The U.S. also still maintains restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican borders that bar non-essential visitors.

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