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Erie Times E-Edition Article-CDC says fully vaccinated can travel

Posted by M. C. on April 3, 2021

“Vaccinated travelers no longer have to follow the CDC’s recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel unless required by the destination. They still need to wear masks and take other precautions.”

We are allowed to travel. But don’t do it. Isn’t that special.

The bottom line appears to be the gene therapy…err…”vaccine” doesn’t work all that well.

Forever masks, forever vaccines, forever control.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=132e36f09

Dawn Gilbertson

USA TODAY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel in the United States at low risk, but the agency is still not recommending travel due to rising case counts.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who earlier this week issued an urgent plea to limit travel due to fears of another COVID surge, said Friday that the new guidance is based on studies showing the “real-world” effectiveness of COVID- 19 vaccines.

Vaccinated travelers no longer have to follow the CDC’s recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel unless required by the destination. They still need to wear masks and take other precautions.

According to the CDC, nearly 100 million people in the U.S., about 30% 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 recommended dose.

The CDC’s announcement does not change one high-profile COVID travel restriction, however.

Vaccinated travelers still must abide by a CDC order, issued in January, requiring a negative COVID test to board international flights to the U.S., and should get another test three to five days after returning.

Despite the new guidance, Walensky said during a White House briefing that the CDC is not reversing its advice to avoid nonessential travel during the pandemic, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

“CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the number of rising cases,” she said.

Asked how that squares with the announcement that vaccinated Americans can safely travel, Walensky said: “Our guidance is silent on recommending or not recommending fully vaccinated people travel. Our guidance speaks to the safety of doing so. If you are vaccinated, it is lower risk.”

The CDC’s travel recommendations, which have evolved during the pandemic under the general banner of avoiding nonessential travel and still apply to those who aren’t vaccinated, call for getting tested one to three days before a trip and three to five days after a trip and staying home and self-quarantining for seven days after travel, even with a negative test.

If unvaccinated travelers don’t get tested, they should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Those guidelines were still in place for vaccinated travelers when the CDC issued broad guidance for vaccinated Americans in early March.

They are only guidelines, though, and plenty of travelers have boarded planes or taken road trips without the CDC’s blessing.

In March, passenger counts at U.S. airports topped 1 million a day every day but five, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which hasn’t happened in over a year.

The U.S. began its vaccine rollout in mid-December. The first vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, require two doses taken a few weeks apart. A oneshot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February.

Contributing: Associated Press

Vaccinated domestic travelers no longer have to heed recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel.

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