Got Your COVID Vaccine? Looking Ahead to a Post-Pandemic World
If you are like millions of Americans, you may have already completed your two-dose or single dose COVID vaccination. Medicare recipients have been eligible to receive their shots at no cost. Many people are in the process of scheduling their shots as federal, state, and local agencies are working to provide access to those who are home-bound or live in remote areas. Contact your local health department for more information if you have any concerns or questions regarding where to find a vaccination site.
Medicare Benefits Solutions
May 16, 2021
As more people are getting vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to revise COVID-related guidelines. States are adjusting their laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. If you are fully vaccinated and can’t wait to get back to “normal” life, let’s take a look at some of the changes you can expect.
Depending on where you live, you may be finding that your options have expanded recently in terms of activities and social gatherings. Indoor dining may now be offered alongside outdoor patio seating at your favorite restaurant. You may not be subject to quarantine rules while traveling, and you may not even have to wear a mask outside. Social distancing measures may still be in place, but amusement parks, theaters and venues may be open at partial capacity. Soon, you may be able to attend a Broadway show or celebrate at a friend’s wedding.
Travel rules may vary depending on how and where you are going. Before heading to the airport, train station, or even packing your car for a road trip, check your destination for any changes in COVID-related restrictions. If you are flying, consult with your airline before departure to make sure you are abiding by any laws, including mask requirements. International travel has opened up a bit as people globally are receiving the vaccine, but many places are still struggling to get the pandemic under control. Some countries are allowing fully vaccinated tourists to visit, while others will require a quarantine period upon arrival. COVID testing is still required before departure in many places, so make sure you do your research before planning a trip.
Your local or state public health agency may continue to have rules in place to protect its citizens from spikes in the pandemic. Stay aware of any changes by checking your local and state public health agency’s website, as well as the CDC.