Folks who were waiting for the experts and government officials to give their blessings to travel: you may now rejoice.
The CDC announced today that, “People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.”
This comes a few days after CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned about a COVID-19 fourth wave and “impending doom.” And just a few weeks ago, the CDC advised against non-essential travel.
We’ll see what they say next week. 😉
This doesn’t mean that masks, physical distancing, and the other pandemic protocols are out the door. The CDC says:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.
If you don’t feel safe traveling, then don’t. Wait until you’re comfortable. That’s what we’ve done. I get my second vaccine dose next week — and then am waiting a few weeks before my first trip since March 2020.
It’s good to seetravel is starting to get an official blessing. Does this make you feel more confident about traveling or no?
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