Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Friday to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S., without getting a Covid-19 test or going into quarantine.
The agency previously cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people. The agency says vaccinated people should wear a mask and socially distance when traveling.
For international travel, vaccinated people should still get a Covid-19 test before flying to the U.S. and be tested soon after returning. Unvaccinated people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.
Roger Dow, CEO and president of the U.S. Travel Association, voiced his support for the decision, writing in a statement that "The CDC’s new travel guidance is a major step in the right direction that is supported by the science and will take the brakes off the industry that has been hardest hit by the fallout of Covid by far. As travel comes back, U.S. jobs come back.
"The CDC’s data suggests that vaccinated individuals don’t transmit the coronavirus, which opens the door much wider for resuming travel, albeit while continuing to carefully follow other health best practices. Acknowledging that vaccinations eliminate the need for testing and quarantines removes a key barrier to domestic travel. Rescinding the recommendation that international visitors must quarantine also is an important incremental step."
The statement noted that the halt on travel has devastated U.S. employment, "with travel-supported jobs accounting for 65 percent of all U.S. jobs lost last year, and this is an opportunity to begin reclaiming a lot of what’s been lost. The travel industry’s mantra throughout the pandemic has been to be guided by the science, which clearly shows that now is the right time for this move."
According to the CDC, some 56 million people, or 17 percent of the U.S. population, are fully vaccinated. Nearly 100 million people in the U.S., or about 30 percent of the population, have received at least one dose. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.