For the past few weeks I’ve been making the case that the science is clear, vaccines protect both the person who is vaccinated and protect others from spread. Despite CDC guidance up until now, it makes sense to travel once you’re vaccinated.
Some readers have said ‘I’ll trust the CDC director not
the science you.’ Even though it was political interference with the CDC that kept them from updating travel guidance.
Fortunately the CDC has now come around and revised its guidelines to allow travel once you’re vaccinated.
Americans who are fully vaccinated can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both within the United States and internationally, but they must continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently, federal health officials said on Friday.
It’s not travel that’s driving spread of the virus and certainly not travel by those who have been vaccinated. It’s the activities we undertake, whether at home or at a destination. And it’s especially activities being undertaken by those not yet vaccinated.
Although the first dose of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech appear to be about as effective as a one-dose regimen of Johnson & Johnson, the CDC says to wait until two weeks after your second shot if getting one of the two mRNA vaccines.
Nearly everyone who is able to get a Covid-19 vaccine should do so. And once that happens vaccine passports won’t even be necessary. That idea is a bridge to open travel when people are still vulnerable to Covid-19. But vaccination reduces the risk of serious disease, it reduces the risk of spread, and it reduces the risk of overwhelming hospitals and preventing them from giving the best possible care to the sick. We need to rush supply to the world.
Update: Logic hasn’t entirely prevailed because the CDC Director has added, “While we believe that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases.”
Fully vaccinated people face “low risk to themselves.” CDC research this week confirms other research that full vaccinated people face low risk to others. The CDC won’t tell vaccinated people not to travel. But they won’t recommend it either. Is it too much to ask for a CDC Director who speaks both clearly and candidly with the public?