NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new US guidance issued Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the US without getting tested for the coronavirus or going into quarantine afterward.
Previously, the agency had cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people, but noted that it would update its guidance as more people got vaccinated and evidence mounted about the protection the shots provide.
“Every day you get more data, and you change your guidance based on the existing data,” said Dr Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska’s College of Public Health.
Khan said the update reinforces the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, and is another incentive for people to get vaccinated.
According to the CDC, nearly 100 million people in the US — or about 30 per cent of the population — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
Unvaccinated people are still advised to avoid unnecessary travel.
The new guidance says:
— Fully vaccinated people can travel within the US, without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining. People should still wear a mask, socially distance and avoid crowds, the agency says.