Vaccinated Long Islanders relieved by new CDC travel guidelines

The long-awaited guidance from the CDC is welcome news for the growing number of vaccinated adults who want greater freedom to visit family members and take vacations for the first time since the pandemic began.

News 12 Staff

Apr 3, 2021, 12:12 AM

Updated 1,105 days ago

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its travel guidelines to say that fully vaccinated Americans can fly nationwide without much trouble.
The long-awaited guidance from the CDC is welcome news for the growing number of vaccinated adults who want greater freedom to visit family members and take vacations for the first time since the pandemic began.
"We state that fully vaccinated people can resume travel at low risk to themselves. For domestic travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to get a COVID-19 test before or after travel and do not need self-quarantine after travel," says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Many Long Islanders say they are relieved that federal health officials relaxed COVID-19 domestic travel guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
Westhampton Beach resident Eron Bloomgarden and his family flew back from Florida on Friday after seeing his parents for the first time in a year.
"It was warm in Florida, and finally they got to hug their grandparents and I got to hug my parents," he says.
Jacy Smith, of Shirley, says she thinks these updated guidelines will also make more people want to get vaccinated.
“Making these guidelines is a step in the right direction to encourage everyone to get the vaccine, and I think it'll continue to get better and better as everyone gets it,” she says.
As for international travel, the CDC says fully vaccinated people don't need a COVID-19 test prior to travel unless it is required by the destination.
The CDC updated its guidelines after new studies showed the strong effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines in protecting against infection. The update also comes as the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. reaches close to 3 million people a day.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people should keep following safety precautions in public, including wearing a mask.


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