Fully vaccinated people can gather unmasked and indoors for Easter, CDC says

A woman at the airport holds her passport covid-19 vaccine record card and boarding pass

Anyone who's been holding off on trying to get a COVID vaccine may now have a new incentive.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States and overseas as long as they continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public, according to new guidance released Friday by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unless required to do so by the worldwide destination, fully vaccinated people no longer require a test, and they no longer have to self-quarantine after returning to the US, unless required to do so by a state or local jurisdiction.

The CDC says recent research on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines indicates there is low risk to vaccinated individuals and that they can travel without a COVID-19 test or quarantining after traveling.

The CDC also said fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit grandkids without the need for a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining but said they should follow CDC advice for traveling safely. They do not need to quarantine. That means the second shot for vaccines that require two jabs.

The major US airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and other trade groups had asked the CDC on March 22 to change its guidance to say "vaccinated individuals can travel safely".

"We haven't changed our guidance for nonessential travel at all".

Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new US guidance issued Friday.

In a Friday morning update, the CDC announced new travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

"Some are starting to make exceptions for those who are vaccinated". People should still wear a mask, socially distance and avoid crowds, the agency says. More than a million people have passed through TSA checkpoints every day since March 11.

Walensky acknowledged that it is confusing to hear messages both about what vaccinated can do and the CDC asking people not to do them because of the concerning increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people.

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