CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that Americans should still try to avoid travel as Covid-19 cases rise across the country. However, she said that traveling is less of a risk for people who are fully vaccinated.
“We need to balance this guide with the fact that most Americans are still not vaccinated,” Walensky said.
The announcement comes as Covid-19 vaccinations continue to surge across the country. According to the CDC, more than 50 percent of Americans age 65 and over are fully vaccinated, and more than 3 million people receive a shot every day.
The CDC released initial guidelines for vaccinated Americans last month requiring fully vaccinated individuals to limit their social interactions to small home gatherings with other fully vaccinated individuals, wear masks in public, and adhere to other public health measures such as social distancing for the United States should be predictable future. The agency did not contain any travel advice.
Since then, senior CDC officials have been working on a new draft to investigate how and under what circumstances fully vaccinated Americans can travel to see, for example, family members who are also fully vaccinated.
Tour guiding was delayed in part because the agency wanted to make sure it could clearly communicate what it knew and did not know about how Covid-19 is transmitted after vaccination, according to two senior administrative officials.