The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the USA without getting tested for the coronavirus or going into quarantine afterward.
The new guidance means that "fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a COVID-19 test, or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures", CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday during a news briefing.
But worldwide 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.
CDC defines "fully vaccinated" as at least 2 weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Unvaccinated people are still advised to avoid unnecessary travel. It is also keeping requirements that almost all global USA air visitors getting a negative COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States.
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That will take some time. "Believe me. they will not be able to get the vaccines until the end of this year or early next year". On Monday, Canada suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 55, citing new concerning data from Europe.
"By working closely with national and global health authorities and using our scale to reach people quickly", the blog said, "we're doing our part to help people get credible information, get vaccinated, and encourage others to do the same so we can come back together safely". Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel and a negative test, or 10 days after travel if not tested. They do not need to quarantine.
The guidance issued today does not change the agency's existing guidance for people who are not fully vaccinated.
The CDC advised that people celebrate by avoiding large crowds and gather with people in their immediate household. The agency noted the potential introduction of virus variants and differences in vaccine coverage around the world for the cautious guidance on overseas travel.
It is expected that the US will surpass 100 million people who have received at least one dose of vaccine Friday. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.