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The summer of 2021 looks promising, thanks to rising vaccination rates and fewer cases of COVID-19.
Many states have lifted travel restrictions and capacity limits, making domestic travel a safe possibility.
If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can do many of the things you used to do before the pandemic—travel, hit the pool, eat out or get together with other fully-vaccinated people.
For those not yet vaccinated, including kids younger than 12, summer fun comes with caution.
The pandemic isn’t over, even though transmission rates are low. Unvaccinated people should continue the public health safety measures they’ve been practicing for the last year, including wearing a mask in crowds or indoors and maintaining physical distance from others.
Experts say spending time outside is safest for everyone, vaccinated or not, as the risk of viral transmission is very low.
If you’re planning to travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends unvaccinated people get tested for COVID-19 1-3 days before traveling, then get tested again 3-5 days after returning and self-quarantine for 7 days.
The CDC recommends only traveling internationally if you are fully vaccinated. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to research your destination to see what COVID-19 restrictions may be in place there.
Traveling by car with your immediate household is also a safe way to get out and about this summer. Masks are still required of everyone using public transportation, including airplanes. As the number of cases decreases, due to increased vaccinations, the safer it will be to use public transportation.
If you are the parent of younger kids who aren’t eligible for vaccines yet, you might be planning some staycations instead.
Instead of couch surfing and binge watching, try these tips to make this summer great:
If your family hasn’t been vaccinated yet for COVID-19, Edward-Elmhurst Health has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for ages 12 and older. Schedule your vaccine today.
Are you wondering whether to get the vaccine? Read our blog to learn more.
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