CDC Won’t Release Travel Guidance for Vaccinated Americans Just Yet

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently refusing to issue new travel advisories for Americans vaccinated under the COVID-19 program, out of concern for new outbreaks that could still be caused by travel.

We’ve seen spikes after people started traveling, after the Fourth of July, after Labor Day, after the Christmas holiday, said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenski during a briefing on COVID-19 on the 10th. Mars in response to a question from CNN’s Caitlan Collins. Walenski said that because 90 percent of the U.S. population is currently unvaccinated, the CDC will wait to release its updated guidelines until we have better protection in all communities and populations.

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For now, Walensky declined to offer any advice on the safety of the product for the 10 percent of Americans who are already immune to travel and control, although they, like everyone else, are probably eager to travel again.

In particular, the prospect of resuming air traffic seems to divide the different groups. Recently, the airline industry opposed the new CDC guidance that people vaccinated with COVID should continue to avoid travel.

In a statement this week, the industry group Airlines For America (A4A) stressed that flights do not pose a high risk of COVID-19 transmission because the air in the cabin is carefully filtered and frequently replaced, and that masks should be worn on board, as required by federal regulations. We remain convinced that this tiered approach significantly reduces the risk, A4A said.

In its first guide for fully vaccinated Americans, the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can feel safe:

-the presence of other people, also fully vaccinated, in closed spaces without masks and social exclusion.

With unmasked, low-risk individuals in the same household, without a mask and without putting physical distance in the room.

-Avoid quarantine and screening measures even after known exposure to an asymptomatic individual.

Nevertheless, the CDC says that vaccinated people should continue to take a number of important precautions, at least until further notice. She added that they should continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and implement other preventive measures when outdoors, when visiting unvaccinated individuals at high risk of severe COPID-19 disease, and when visiting unvaccinated individuals in multiple households, and continue to avoid face-to-face encounters with medium to large individuals. They should also get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

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