This past week there Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out new recommendation saying those who have been fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus can start flying again. The CDC considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after their final injection, for Pfizer and Moderna it is the second injection, for Johnson & Johnson it is the first does.
Air travel has been climbing and is now surpassing 1 million per day in the United State on a regular, though not continuous, basis. The CDC previously stated it still didn’t recommend vaccinated people should travel but did say it will update official guidance when more data and research has been completed.
According to the CDC, John’s Hopkins University and Pfizer, along with the European Union, those fully vaccinated who later acquire Covid-19 of any variant, were not re-transmitting the virus 98% of the time. News from the U.K. National Health Service and from Israel also confirm that those fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are essentially not able to spread the Covid-19 virus even if they later acquired it themselves. According to Dr. Richard Orchard, one of the U.K.’s top infection disease and virologist experts with the NHS, “it is highly unlikely an unvaccinated person can get covid from a vaccinated person, the statistical odds are just extremely low, rather, one is more likely to get covid from unvaccinated family members, friends and coworkers. The data just clearly shows vaccinated people who get covid have a viral load so low, it is not worth being concerned about. And that’s a good thing, that means the vaccine is doing it’s job remarkable well.” Orchard adds, “I would say it is still a smart idea to practice good hygiene and if you are inside, stay 6 feet apart, but if you’re outside, I wouldn’t worry about socially distancing or masking. But let me be clear, this is for vaccinated people.”
The CDC also changed its guidelines for social distancing for those who have been vaccinated, saying social distancing is no longer needed. It does however continue to recommend that when around those who have not been vaccinated, to wear a mask, not because of the vaccinated person giving the unvaccinated person covid, but the other way around, as an unvaccinated person is much more likely to have Covid-19 than then vaccinated person. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC said, “this is more being cautious than it is because data says we need to. We are still learning, so we are erring on the side of caution.”