On Friday, the CDC announced that Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could safely travel at home and overseas, providing that they still followed basic health precautions, such as wearing masks when appropriate.
Fully vaccinated people are also allowed to meet indoors without masks. https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1377312255088472064The statement also means that those who have been fully-vaccinated do not need to get tested before leaving the U.S.; they also do not need to quarantine on their arrival back in the country.
The 101,804,762 people who have received at least one dose represents more than 30 per cent of the USA population, according to CDC data.
"People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States", according to the CDC.
"That said we are at 64,000 new COVID cases today, and our numbers continue to increase".
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.
But global travelers headed to the United States should have a negative Covid-19 test before they get on the plane, be tested after arrival, and must quarantine if local authorities in the United States require it, the CDC said in a statement.
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But permanent barriers remain in place on all the roadway entrances to the Capitol, well-manned by police and national guard. The law enforcement officials told the AP that the driver then got out of the vehicle with what appeared to be a knife.
Unvaccinated people are still advised to avoid unnecessary travel.
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. They do not need to quarantine.
The CDC said grandparents who have been fully vaccinated can fly to visit grandkids without getting a COVID-19 test or self-quarantining as long as they follow CDC advice for traveling safely.
Most non-U.S. citizens are still restricted from counties with high infection rates, including Brazil, China, South Africa and parts of Europe. The U.S. also still maintains restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican borders that bar non-essential visitors.
The fully vaccinated people are about 17.5 per cent of the whole population. The last time the number of airport passengers screened was below 1 million was March 10.