New York (Associated Press)-According to the new US guidelines released on Friday, trips to activities that vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again have been added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to stipulate that fully vaccinated people can travel in the United States without undergoing coronavirus testing or subsequent isolation.
Despite this, Dr. Rochelle Varensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged caution and said that in view of the increasing number of infections, she would “fully advocate general travel.”
She said: “If you are vaccinated, the risk is lower.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million people (about 30% of the population) in the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two weeks after receiving the last required dose, a person is considered fully vaccinated.
The agency said that as more people get shots and more evidence about the protection they provide, it will update its guidelines for activities permitted by vaccinators.
Outside the San Francisco Convention Center, Kara Roche, a consultant for a technology company, welcomed the news after receiving Pfizer’s medicine for the second time.
She said: “I am very happy that we have the opportunity to go somewhere this summer.”
Roche said she usually goes abroad for vacation at least twice a year. Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has only gone to work in Utah and Texas.
“I will still be cautious. I don’t want to go on a parade.” She said: “I don’t want to be in the crowd, and I may not go abroad. However, it is absolutely possible. If it is open and the CDC says we can do it, I look forward to going to the states in the United States. “.
For people who have not been fully vaccinated, the CDC will adhere to its recommendations to avoid unnecessary travel. The agency stated that if they do travel, they will be checked one to three days before the trip and three to five days after the trip. The agency said that even if their COVID-19 test results are negative, people should stay at home and quarantine for 7 days after traveling.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University as of Thursday, there were an average of 66,000 new cases per day in the United States last week, up from 55,000 two weeks ago.
The new guide says:
-People who are fully vaccinated can travel in the United States without undergoing coronavirus or isolation testing. The agency said that people should still wear masks, maintain social distancing, and avoid crowds.
—For international travel, the agency stated that unless required by the destination country, vaccinated people do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving.
—For passengers coming to the United States, the vaccinated person should still undergo a negative test for COVID-19 before boarding the plane and be tested three to five days after arrival. They do not need to be isolated. The agency pointed out that for prudent travel guides abroad, virus variants may be introduced and vaccine coverage may be expanded globally.
Air travel in the United States has begun to pick up. Although traffic is still down by nearly half from a year ago, more than 1 million passengers have passed through US airports every day in recent weeks.
Telva Aguilar arrived at Oakland Airport from Southern California on Friday. After visiting her grandson, he said: “Our flight is really full. I’m surprised.”
Aguilar works in the hospital and has been vaccinated, but said she is still cautious.
Airlines do not require COVID-19 testing or vaccination certificates when traveling in the United States; some states have testing or isolation regulations for travelers.
The CDC cited the latest research on the role of vaccines in the real world as its latest guidance. Last month, the agency stated that fully vaccinated people can visit each other indoors without wearing masks or maintaining social distancing. It also said that as long as the unvaccinated person is at a low risk of being infected with a serious disease, the vaccinated person can visit under similar conditions with unvaccinated people from the same family.
The United States began rolling out vaccines in mid-December. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines need to be given several weeks apart before they can be divided into two injections. At the end of February, regulators approved Johnson & Johnson’s one-time injection vaccine.
San Francisco fire inspector Mick Peacock had no plans to travel soon in the second Pfizer shooting on Friday. If he and his wife do any trips this year, he said they would rent an RV on the road.
He said: “I think we all want to spend a holiday on the beach now, but I don’t think it is safe.” “I don’t look at these numbers anymore because we have been looking at those numbers for too long.”
Associated Press reporter, Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco, Terry Chea in Oakland, California, Dave Koenig in Dallas, and Washington State Carla Johnson (Carla K. Johnson) contributed.
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This version corrects the spelling of Kara Roche’s last name.
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