If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

Clay Curtis
April 3, 2021

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States and overseas as long as they continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public, according to new guidance released Friday by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.

The CDC's tweets this week are based on already existing CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals - meaning it's been two weeks since they received their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or it's been two weeks since they received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

Worldwide travelers who've been vaccinated also don't need to take a COVID test before heading overseas, unless their destination country requires one, or self-quarantine upon arriving back in the US.

The CDC also said fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit grandkids without the need for a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining but said they should follow CDC advice for traveling safely.

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A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine. More than 553,000 people have died of the virus in the USA , amid more than 30 million cases.

You also don't need to self-quarantine after travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

In Ontario, public health officials are recommending only essential travel and self-isolating for 14 days when arriving or returning to the province.

More than 56 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated.

As the vaccination campaign ramps up significantly in the country hardest hit by COVID-19, President Joe Biden promised last week that 90 per cent of adults in America would be eligible to receive the vaccine by April 19.

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