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CDC OKs travel for fully vaccinated people

Passengers deplane from a Southwest Airlines flight in Houston. Associated Press/Photo by Charlie Riedel (file)

CDC OKs travel for fully vaccinated people

Air travel in the United States picked back up in recent weeks, with more than 1 million passengers daily going through U.S. airports. Domestic travelers now have the blessing of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—if they are two weeks past receiving the last required dose of a COVID-19 shot.

What if you’re not fully vaccinated? The guidelines released Friday recommend people who have not received one of the approved vaccines get tested for the coronavirus one to three days before the trip and three to five days after. Those people should also stay home and quarantine for seven days after travel, even if their COVID-19 test is negative, the CDC said. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine or get tested. According to the CDC, more than 100 million people in the United States, or about 30 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot.

Dig deeper: Read Esther Eaton’s report in Schooled about students who will spend the summer making up for learning they missed out on during the pandemic.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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Steve Shive

It is one thing for the CDC to issue their guidance. It is another for the government, or us, to take this as perfect, irrefutable and inscrutable public policy. Their dictates drip with political bias. 

Again, as we look at the VAERS database, I am reminded of those who, rightly, questioned the "died with" vs "died from" numbers we were and are fed. Now these same people who argued on the side of "died with" but not "from" take the opposite position with the VAERS database and assume that since someone is listed on said database they "died from" the vaccine. As opposed to "died after." Not the same thing. You can't have it both ways, as a knee jerk response which is what I am hearing and reading. 

The VAERS data base is not a clinical trial. Also there are consents of sorts issued with the vaccines that explain the EUA. (Whether everyone passes this information to the vaccine recipient is unknown.) At least the vaccines have adjudicated data which we can look at and which can give some guidance. But the VAERS database is self-reported and non-adjudicated reporting. Even a casual reading of the submissions shows that many of these lack pertinent information with which to adjudicate the reports. And, even more telling, many are clearly spurious. 

I write this as someone who doubts much of what I hear from the CDC and White House. I am suspect of the "died from" data. I am more skeptical of the VAERS database. Let's attempt to be even handed and prudent. For the record I am a health care professional of nearly 50 years. I also have been involved with FDA clinical trials from the inside and outside and have seen the good, the bad, and...

I am skeptical of the data that we are fed. And, after a long hold out, I have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. My colleagues thought I was crazy for being skeptical and taking time to think about, and pray about, the vaccines for myself. Of course I am also skeptical of "man-made-climate-change" which had already earned me the "are you from Mars?" accolades from the same colleagues.


"VAERS data released today showed 50,861 reports of adverse events following COVID vaccines, including 2,249 deaths and 7,726 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and March 26, 2021." 

Sacrificial sheep so that the rest of us can be safe (from a highly survivable disease)?  I am confident that Christ hates such pragmatism.  Were these individuals informed that they might die/suffer serious adverse effects?  Will people in the future even be given a choice?  Not if we continue to trend in the direction we're going.