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Making Summer Travel Plans? The CDC Says Getting Vaccinated is the Safest Way to Vacation

Are you dreaming of a long overdue getaway? Chances are, you're not alone

Residents and families across Hillsborough County are gearing up for a fun, safe, summer! And if travel plans are in your future, the CDC and Florida Department of Health have some tips to keep you and your family happy and healthy.

The CDC says the most important thing you can do to protect yourself while traveling, is getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Health experts say vaccines are safe, effective, and will help stop the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines in Hillsborough County are free, and no insurance is required. See the CDC vaccine safety information.

The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated, and you should still choose safer travel options to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from COVID-19.

When planning your getaway, there are several things to consider. Such as how you'll get there, and where you'll stay.

For now, health experts say the safest way to travel is:

  • Short road trips with members of your household or fully vaccinated people with few stops along the way
  • If you must fly, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers.

The CDC says you should still avoid:

  • Long-distance train or bus trip
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat

When it comes to your accommodations, the CDC says it's safer to:

  • Stay in a house, cabin, or vacation rental with people from your household or fully vaccinated people
  • Visit a fully vaccinated family member's or friend's home

It is less safe to stay in a hotel with common areas, or to share a home or rental with unvaccinated people.

During your trip, the CDC says you should:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in crowded public settings.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Remember, fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated:

  • You should continue to follow CDC's recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Check out the CDC international travel safety recommendations.

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the United States while following safety measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing. So, as you prepare those travel plans, be sure to put your COVID-19 vaccine at the top of your list!

There are plenty of vaccination opportunities available throughout Hillsborough County.

Together, we can CRUSH COVID!

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