The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that vaccinated people can travel within the United States without having to present a Covid-19 test or comply with a quarantine. The director of the agency, Rochelle Walensky, called to “get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.”
The entity maintained the health recommendations for all citizenswhether you are vaccinated or not. The centers specified that those immunized can travel internationally without a SARS-CoV-2 test, unless their destination requires it. To return they do need a negative test and take another one between three and five days after their return.
The CDC reported that “fully vaccinated people can travel within the US and do not need to undergo COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine.” Of course, they must take all precautions “while traveling: wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, distancing yourself socially, and washing your hands frequently”.
Vaccinated travelers who return to the US will not need to serve a quarantine upon return, except as required by state or local regulations. The guideline comes as travel goes up for spring break and Holy Week holidays of the Catholic Church.
The CDC stated that do not encourage Americans to travel freely and they recommend doing it only when it is essential. According to the centers, a person is considered to be immunized two weeks after receiving the only dose of Johnson or the second of Pfizer and Moderna.
The New York Times reports that the CDC’s shift in stance comes as vaccinations accelerate and deaths decline. Of course, cases are increasing in many states due to new variants of the virus. Some experts were surprised by the announcement and expressed concern.