COVID-19: CDC Updates Travel Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated People

“We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19”


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for fully vaccinated people on Friday, including flight guidelines, gathering guidelines, and what to do if exposed by someone with COVID-19.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final COVID-19 dose. Those receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second (or “booster”) shot. Those receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after taking the single-dose shot.

The CDC still recommends caution as variants of the COVID-19 virus have been discovered and are still being researched as far as severity, spreadability, and reaction with the current vaccines.

“We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said in its updated guidelines. “After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.”

As far as flight regulations, those who have been fully vaccinated will not need to take a COVID-19 test, or self-quarantine before a domestic flight. Tests are required three days before flying into the U.S. from another country and there are instances when an international destination may require a test before a flight.

The CDC still recommends testing from vaccinated individuals when returning to the U.S. from another country, although it is not mandatory.

If you have been fully vaccinated and learn that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is not necessary to take a test unless you feel symptoms.

As of this writing, all three vaccines have shown to be 100% effective in fighting against severe symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, with Pfizer releasing data, Thursday, showing effectiveness through six months of ongoing trials.

The only time the CDC recommended vaccinated folks to self-quarantine for 14 days is if exposed while living in a group setting such as a detention facility or group home.

The CDC released its first set of gathering guidelines on March 8 and they still apply. Fully vaccinated individuals can safely gather indoors with each other.

Vaccinated people may also gather with unvaccinated people as long as the unvaccinated people are not at high risk of contracting severe symptoms from the COVID-19 virus.

In all cases, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or keep 6 feet of distance.   ❖