If you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you can now travel more easily with fewer restrictions, but should you?
The Doctors note the CDC recently updated its travel guidelines for domestic travel, but there are still important details you need to know before booking your ticket and getting on an airplane.
First, full vaccination occurs 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and 2 weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson dose. Once vaccinated, these travel rules will apply to you, says the CDC.
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
- Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including: wear a mask over your nose and mouth, stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
Even though the CDC has updated its guidelines, is it wise to travel yet?
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said earlier this month that travel is low risk if you are fully vaccinated but also advised to not travel unless you need to, noting that the majority of the population is still not fully vaccinated.
Also, VOX and HuffPo note that traveling will lead to more interactions with people who are not vaccinated, and while health experts believe that vaccinated people are not likely to spread the virus, there is still much to be learned about how easy or difficult this type of transmission is.
The CDC also notes these guidelines are for travel within the United States and U.S. territories and if you are traveling internationally, you need to first check the requirements of your destination.
If you are thinking of traveling soon, find what The Doctors suggest you need to stay safe, here!