The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still standing firm on its stance that all unvaccinated travelers should not travel to visit any family members this holiday season unless they break down and go and get their COVID-19 jab.
In its new guidance on holiday travel that was put forth this past Friday, the group stated that “CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.”
“We fully expect that families and friends will gather for the holidays this year and we have updated our guidance on how to best to stay safe over the holidays,” put forth the CDC in a statement given on Friday.
“Holiday traditions are important for families and children,” stated the CDC in its new 2021 holiday guidelines. “Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.”
The CDC went on to say that you should also be taking steps to protect any and all who are not eligible for the vaccine, such as younger children, by making sure those around them have received their vaccines.
Any unvaccinated people who “must” travel are being told to make sure they take extreme precautions such as getting tested for COVID both before and after their travel, self-quarantining for over a week once they are done, monitoring themselves for any symptoms, and making sure to wear masks.
The CDC has stated that it recommends the selection of “safer travel options” if you plan to be traveling alongside unvaccinated people. These options seem to include keeping all road trips short with very few stops, only taking flights with very few layovers, refining from staying in hotels that have common areas, and not “visiting an unvaccinated family member’s or friend’s home.” If you plan to travel in order together with people from more than one household from around the country there are even more precautions that need to be taken, stated the agency.
Anyone who is still not fully vaccinated should be wearing face masks in “public indoor settings,” stated the CDC. “Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission,” they added, going on, “outdoors is safer than indoors.”
Anyone with a weaker than average immune system may not be fully protected even if they have received their full vaccination and have gotten the booster dose, warns the CDC, going on to say that such people should “continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people.”
“Children between the ages of 2 and 12 should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t live with,” but any child under 2 should not be wearing masks, stated the agency.
“By working together, we can enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the health of our family and friends” the CDC concluded.