U.S. CDC: Vaccinated people can resume travel at 'low risk'

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as U.S. President Joe Biden not

The CDC released its long-awaited travel guidance on Friday amid the accelerating pace of vaccinations in the USA, even as more contagious variants threaten to ignite a new wave of Covid-19 cases and as millions of Americans hit the skies anyhow.

Domestic travelers who are fully vaccinated - meaning two weeks have passed since their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or their one and only Johnson & Johnson shot - do not need to self-quarantine upon arriving at their destination and "do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it", according to the CDC.

Travel guidelines have not change for unvaccinated people.

People who are not fully vaccinated must get tested 1-3 days before they travel, under CDC guidance.

More than one in five adults in the United States is now fully vaccinated, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. It also said vaccinated people could visit with unvaccinated people from a single household under similar conditions, as long as the unvaccinated individuals were at low risk for severe illness if infected. However, they should have a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to the United States from another country and they should get tested again three to five days after arrival.

The new advice comes after months of the CDC urging all Americans to avoid any kind of non-essential travel. They should stay home and quarantine for seven days after traveling, or 10 days if they don't get a test, the CDC says.

Covid-19 cases have started rising again in the US, with 79,000 new cases recorded on Thursday.

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