Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced you can now travel freely throughout the U.S. if you’re fully vaccinated. Passengers on airplanes are still required to wear masks, as are train and bus travelers.
You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive your last recommended vaccine dose.
Some may find this news anticlimactic, as in recent weeks a lot of people have been traveling. In fact, on Saturday, March 27th, according to CBS News, about 1.4 million people passed through U.S. airports (on the same day in March 2019 the number was 2 million), and the previous 17 days were all 1 million traveler days as well.
The new guidance comes at a time when “pandemic fatigue” is at an all-time high and fully vaccinated grandparents all over the country have been told by the CDC that they can spend time with their unvaccinated grandkids. It would be difficult for the CDC to message that visiting the grandkids is okay, but you can’t step on a plane to do so.
In fact, the CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walsensky said during the news briefing that “fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a COVID-19 test or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures.”
The CDC Director was careful to stop short of recommending air travel on the whole, saying that “the CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases.”
It’s fair to say that this is something of a mixed message, but also comes on the heels of the CDC announcement yesterday that fully vaccinated people have extremely low risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.
If you’re traveling internationally, you should be aware that quarantines may still be required abroad, and a negative COVId-19 test will still be required to regain entry back into the U.S. For more details on this policy and the answers to other popular questions about COVID-19 and travel, check out this post.
What do you think? Will you be traveling when you’re fully vaccinated? Planning to wait a bit before being vaccinated? Or are you not getting the vaccine at all? Let us know what you think about this news and your own plans in the comments below!