U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Fully vaccinated can travel again

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has relaxed its recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals with travel in mind. The agency published new guidelines on Friday stating that it again considers domestic and international travel acceptable for these people. Fully vaccinated individuals can travel safely within the U.S., it said. But they should continue to follow precautions while doing so: Wear masks, keep their distance from others and wash or disinfect their hands as often as possible.

For domestic travel, corona testing before or after is not mandatory for those who have been fully vaccinated, it said. Quarantine is also not necessary, he said. People with full vaccination protection could also travel abroad again. They would not need mandatory testing before leaving the United States – unless required by the destination country. Quarantine upon return to the United States is also not necessary, he said. However, the usual safety precautions should be followed here as well. In addition, travelers should get tested three to five days after their trip. Currently, however, some travel restrictions still apply internationally, such as between the U.S. and Europe.

The health agency had initially relaxed guidelines on social contact restrictions in early March in light of the growing number of Corona vaccinations in the U.S., stating that fully vaccinated people could now once again gather indoors in small private gatherings without masks and without minimum spacing. However, the agency still strongly advised against non-essential travel at that time. In the meantime, however, vaccinations in the country have continued to progress rapidly. According to the CDC, more than 153 million vaccine doses have already been administered nationwide to date.

Three vaccines are available in the United States so far. The vaccines from the companies Moderna and Pfizer/Biontech are administered in two doses each. For the Johnson & Johnson substance, one shot is sufficient. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last required vaccination.

— source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com

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