Due to the COVID pandemic, many senior citizens have been unable to travel, spend time with family, or even do groceries. However, as vaccines become more available, federal health officials have attested to vaccines’ effectiveness in protecting individuals from coronavirus infections. When you consider that almost 40% of the U.S. population has already taken at least one dose of the vaccine, it is clear to see how much safer it is to travel now. This is good news to many of those who had to cancel long-awaited vacations and family trips. If you are thinking about visiting family or traveling abroad, be sure to look at the info below:
Is it safe for seniors to travel
Traveling is now considered a low-risk activity with the proper precautions, even for seniors. Vaccines are making it possible to gather in small groups and have made traveling much safer. However, the CDC continues to recommend that everyone wear masks in public spaces, even if vaccinated.
Visiting Family and Friends
One year ago, visiting family and friends from other households was very dangerous for seniors. However, it is now considered very safe to visit others if you ensure the following:
- Everyone involved received both doses of their vaccine at least 14 days before the visit
- Follow CDC guidelines such as social distancing and wearing masks in public spaces
- Only visit members of the same household, one household at a time
- Children or low-risk individuals who cannot yet get vaccinated should be healthy and actively practice social distancing and mask-wearing
Thanks to increases in vaccinations, visiting other states has become very easy and safe. Once it has been two weeks since your final shot, you do not need to get tested or self-quarantine before or after your trip. This means visiting your children or grandchildren in any of the 50 states is as simple as getting onto a plane, train, or taking a road trip.
Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens do not have to get tested before boarding an international flight unless the country they are visiting requires it. They should also get tested and have a negative result before coming back to the U.S. If you have had to postpone an international cruise or flight, now is a great time to revisit those plans.
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