CDC asking unvaccinated not to travel for Labor Day weekend


Vehicles head slowly east on the Interstate-10 twin spans leaving New Orleans while only a trickle of cars heads west back into the city before landfall of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. A combination of voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been called for cities and communities across the region including New Orleans, where the mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the city’s levee system and a voluntary evacuation for residents inside the levee system.(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

(WTVO) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel this holiday weekend.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed an average of 160,000 per day, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Health experts have advised everyone over the age of 12 to get a vaccine. Walensky said fully vaccinated people should take COVID-19 risk into consideration when deciding whether or not to travel.

A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in July found that 45% of adults who had not yet received a vaccine said they definitely would not get it, and 35% probably would not. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) unvaccinated adults said they had little to no confidence the shots are effective against mutations like the delta variant, although public health data show vaccination dramatically reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death. Just 3% of unvaccinated adults said they would definitely get vaccinated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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