COVID-19 Vaccine and Travel
I’ve got my COVID-19 vaccine, and I’m ready to travel. May I go, please!
COVID 19 vaccine and travel that’s the topic of most conversations. I’ve got my vaccine, and I’m ready to hit the road. I’ve been homebound and sheltering in place for a year. Cabin fever is my new best friend, and I have the view from my window memorized. Now I’m ready to venture out and see all the things I’ve been missing.
Before I pack my bags and say goodbye to my TV remote, what do I need to know to stay healthy and keep others healthy too?
Will I need proof-of-vaccination to travel?
Currently, there are no requirements. However, this could change and change quickly. If you have been vaccinated, keep your record-card in a safe place where you can easily find it. Additionally, it is essential to remember that vaccination does not mean you will not get COVID. It means you still have a chance of getting it and transmitting it to someone else. The U.S. has some restrictions entering the U.S. For the latest information visit the U.S. State Dept. for travel advisories or for updates of vaccines and the virus check the CDC.
I’ve heard there is an app under development, and some airlines are planning to use it to verify test results.
Several airlines, including United, JetBlue, and Lufthansa, plan to use CommonPass, a health passport app. Airlines can verify passengers’ COVID test results and vaccination status. Another advantage of the app is the ability to notify travelers of local travel rules. The app will be available soon. You can visit their website and sign up for notification when the app will be available.
I’ve got the vaccine, so I’m safe to travel, right?
Now that you have the vaccine, it is much safer for you to travel; however, some risks still exist. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that you delay travel to many destinations. The amount of COVID-19 cases around the world means there is still the possibility of being exposed, and with the chance of no symptoms, you could spread it to others without knowing.
The new variants of COVID-19 are emerging in places around the world. The new strains are slightly different from the variant used for the vaccines produced by Phizer and Moderna, which are given now. It is good to note the vaccines are working fine against the new variants.
If I’m wearing a mask, what’s the big deal?
Travel has always been the grand opportunity to be exposed to bacteria, viruses, and germs as we move through heavily populated travel centers, i.e., airports, hotels, tourist attractions, bus, train stations, and public facilities; the list can go and on. Wearing a mask is not the only consideration for staying healthy. Social distancing and washing your hands frequently remains the best way to fight exposure to not only COVID but other sanitary issues that may cause illness. Keeping hands clean and sanitizing hard surfaces has always top of our list of travel tips.
I received one dose. Is it safe for me to travel now?
The COVID-19 vaccines are designed for two doses, a primer dose and a booster dose. You are not fully protected until you receive both doses, where you’ll have 95% effectiveness.
How long does it take for the vaccine to reach full effectiveness so I can travel?
The two vaccines we have now are Pfizer, about seven days after the second dose for 95% effectiveness, and Moderna taking about 14 days. While you wait for full effectiveness, it is an excellent time to talk with family and plan a trip that remains within the mandates of social distancing, wearing a mask, and sanitizing hands and hard surfaces. Stay vigilant and patient. We must stay focused on eradicating COVID for everyday life to return as we would like. The pandemic is proving some things can’t be rushed. Travel will return.
Why get the vaccine if I still can’t travel?
Vaccines protect us from a severe case of COVID. As more people receive the vaccine, the number of cases will decline, and deaths will drop. The COVID-19 vaccine provides hope to bring an end to the spread of the virus.
Will hotels, tour companies, and other travel related business ask for proof of my vaccine?
At this time, there are no reports of travel-related businesses asking for or requiring proof.
It’s important to note that approximately only 5% – 8% of the U.S. population has received the vaccine. We at the beginning of determining how vaccine verifications and travel will be coordinated.
We recommend when choosing a hotel, inquiry about their COVID cleaning procedures and bring your own sanitizing products.
Check out this article for more helpful tips on traveling during the pandemic.
I’m ready to get out and about. Now that I have both vaccine doses, where can I go to get a break from being inside?
Outdoor activities are the safest and most responsible way to travel. Hiking, biking, and time on the water are great ways to have fun, explore nature, and safely spend time with others. Staying in a vacation rental property allows you to limit your exposure to others while giving you a chance to break free of your four walls. Road trips vs. airlines are the best way to modify your trip time exposure. You have control of your environment with brief encounters for gas and comfort stops. Limit or avoid activities where large groups surround you and avoid visiting places where COVID numbers are high, both domestic and international destinations.
Hold on just a little longer. Everyone is ready to get back out there. The sooner we have the virus under control, the sooner we can resume our day-to-day routine.