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Fully vaccinated people can travel, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can travel to see their grandmas

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can travel to see their grandmas.

People walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can travel to see their grandmas.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsaid Friday that fully vaccinated adults can travel, giving people more freedom to visit with family and friends across the country.

What did the CDC say?

The CDC said it will update its guidelines Friday to allow people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — either by two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one shot from Johnson & Johnson — can travel as they wish without a need for testing or quarantine, according to The New York Times.

  • The Washington Post explains: “That means grandparents who are fully vaccinated can fly to visit their grandchildren without getting a coronavirus test or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended public health measures, such as wearing masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.”

For international travel, you’ll need to see what the authorities in the countries outside the U.S. require from you before traveling. Per The New York Times, the CDC asks for travelers coming back to the U.S. to receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Advice against travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC previously advised against travel. In fact, the CDC did not change its stance on travel when it updated guidelines for fully vaccinated people to hang out together inside, USA Today reports.

  • “Because of the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 during travel, fully vaccinated people should still take all CDC-recommended precautions before, during, and after travel,” according to a CDC statement sent to USA Today.
  • “While we work to vaccinate more people, prevention measures such as pre- and post-travel testing and post-travel self-quarantine, along with wearing well-fitted masks, will help us prevent spread of COVID-19,” the statement said.