People who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel without putting themselves at serious risk as long as they wear masks and take other precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, moderating its blanket stance against travel.
The shift comes as new studies have shown that Covid-19 vaccines have been effective in real-world conditions at reducing the risk of infections with or without symptoms.
The CDC last month relaxed some of its safety guidelines for inoculated individuals, but continued to caution against unnecessary trips. CDC Director Rochelle Walenskyhas pleaded with people to avoid nonessential travel in recent weeks, citing surges in case numbers that have followed holiday periods when travel picked up.
The CDC’s stance had not been enough to contain what airlines describe as pent-up demand for travel. Airports have been bustling over spring break, with passenger volumes reaching their highest levels in a year. Airlines say bookings have been climbing as the pace of vaccinations ratcheted up in recent weeks. Some airline executives have said that their domestic leisure business is pretty much back to normal.
Dr. Walensky said Friday that fully vaccinated people don’t need to get a Covid-19 test before or after domestic travel—and don’t need to self-quarantine following travel. Travelers who have been fully vaccinated also don’t need to get tested prior to international flights unless that is required by the destination, and they don’t need to self-quarantine when they return to the U.S.
Source: WSJ – US News