What about trips? Can my family travel once the adults have been vaccinated?
The CDC says that fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the U.S. (Looking for a destination? Check out our Family Travel Awards, page 76.) However, since children cannot yet be vaccinated, it’s wise to stick to driving instead of flying and to be vigilant about wearing masks and washing your hands while on the road. And unless your trip is essential, you should definitely avoid traveling outside the country. Per the CDC, even if you’re vaccinated, international travel could potentially put you in the path of new COVID variants that you could spread upon your return to the States. In addition, the vaccine may not be as widely available in the country you’re visiting, and its health-care systems may be more strained, says Jessica Malaty Rivera, an infectious disease epidemiologist and the science communication lead at The COVID Tracking Project. “It’s an equity issue,” she says, reminding would-be travelers that controlling COVID is a worldwide effort: “If one person is unwell, we’re all unwell.” Traveling locally (by car) is the safest choice, says Emily Landon, M.D., associate professor of medicine and executive medical director of infection prevention and control at the University of Chicago Medicine. You may feel comfortable driving somewhere within your state and renting an Airbnb with good cleaning protocols—it’s a low-risk way to get a muchneeded change of scenery.