The center for disease control and prevention updated, on the Friday of April 2nd 2021, that fully vaccinated individuals, under the assumption that they will wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times, could now travel both within the United States and abroad. By labeling, “fully vaccinated individuals”, they refer to people who have received their final vaccine, and have waited for 2 weeks. If these people try their best to be as safe as possible on their trip and are following all the basic COVID-19 rules, they will not need to be quarantined or self quarantine after they return from their trip. However, this procedure that is told to follow is only told from the United State’s perspective and for those who want to travel abroad will need to look into the procedures that are required or suggested in the other country that they want to travel to and follow the requests. Just because the United States is open to traveling, we cannot assume or expect the rest of the countries to all be welcoming to accepting foreigners as visitors during this pandemic.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated that, “it is important to update the public on the latest science about what fully vaccinated people can do safely”. Walensky believes that the action of letting people know of what benefits they get from taking the vaccine, will encourage others to take their vaccines when it is their turn so, “we can begin to safely take steps back to our everyday life.”
While the individuals leaving the U.S. do not need to be tested for the coronavirus, according to the agency, they still need to, “Have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight come back or arrive in the United States.” Although it is confirmed by the CDC that it is now safe enough to have people travel with the vaccine, the CDC still does not recommend or suggest the people of the United States to travel as freely. This is due to the rising number of coronavirus cases we have been facing lately.