A health expert gave the green light for people to travel after receiving their first doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
There are a few caveats, of course. And does this necessarily mean it’s a good idea to travel after just one jab?
(This should not be taken as medical advice. I am not a doctor or medical professional.)
One Dose Does a Body Good?
They asked Dr. Adalja about which activities are safe for people who received their first dose of the two-jab Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Insider’s Kelsie Sandoval and Andrea Michelson, the good doctor says it’s OK to travel by plane, train, or car.
He reinforced something most of us probably already know: “A person traveling that’s partially vaccinated is at lower risk than they were prior to being vaccinated.”
So Half-Vaxxeds Can Do Whatever They Want — Right?
Well, I’m waiting. (I was lucky and recently received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. I tried my luck at a COVID-19 vaccination site that apparently had some no-shows that day. There were open vials and they needed arms.)
Adalja [said] that partially vaccinated travelers should prioritize avoiding crowded areas on their trip, which can be hot spots for COVID-19 spread.
For example, crowded spring break tourist spots were linked to the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.
If you decide to travel while partially vaccinated, Adalja said you should skip crowded bars and indoor dining. You should also continue to wear a mask and keep your distance from others.
While the first shot will provide some protection against the coronavirus, the safest way to travel is after you’re fully vaccinated.
Congregating maskless with other people once you reach your destination probably isn’t the best idea.
And even after I receive both doses, I’ll wear masks and avoid large crowds for while.
“But the CDC Says We Shouldn’t Travel Until They Say So!”
A lot of people were upset when I wrote that I’ll travel when I’m vaccinated — even if the CDC advises against it. (And, again, I’m waiting until I’m fully vaccinated — and then probably another month after that until I take a trip.)
Some commenters ordered me to wait until the experts give their blessings.
Well, Dr. Adalja is an infectious disease expert. And Dr. Leana Wen, a former health commissioner, voiced her opposition to the CDC’s recommendation.
So there are a couple of expert opinions. The only difference? Their opinions aren’t necessarily influenced by politicians.
As fellow blogger Gary Leff pointed out, “Currently the CDC advises against travel regardless of vaccination. They were going to change that, but the [Biden] administration stepped in.” (Bold mine.)
It’s certainly confidence-inducing that an infectious disease expert says it’s OK to travel after one’s first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Obviously, waiting until your second jab — plus a few weeks after that — seems like a safer course of action. Until I’m fully vaccinated, I’m not traveling or altering much of my other COVID-19 pandemic practices, in general. But this new information is certainly good news, IMHO.
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