Things are very different this year compared to the challenges the world faced last year with the global pandemic, and although we are certainly not in the clear yet, we are making strides towards normalcy. Recent studies indicate 27 million doses of the COVID vaccine and counting have already been given in the United States, vaccinating almost 40 percent of the population. As more people get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the natural question is how soon can you travel again. Statistics indicate almost half the population in the United States faced some form of canceled vacation plans last year and as restrictions lighten in 202, many are anxious to hit the road or skies again. Here is some useful information regarding the COVid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You will still need to follow the guidance in your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
Nobody can deny the challenges the world faced in 2020 and as we fight to regain a sense of normalcy in our country, it can be natural to want to jump on the first plane and travel the world again. It’s important to stay up to date with the changes every day to prepare yourself and set the proper expectations before you travel. At Rochester Medical Group, we care about the health of your family! We are doing what we can to make healthcare a little easier for people with a busy schedule. Our physicians are quickly able to diagnose and treat common illnesses and minor injuries to help you get better, faster. We are here to meet the urgent medical care needs of Rochester Hills, Rochester, Troy, and the surrounding communities. Call us today at (248) 844-6000