The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that there will be no quarantine for anyone under the age of 18 traveling to the United States without a vaccination for COVID-19.
Unvaccinated minors who are not US citizens or who wish to emigrate to the country must therefore fill out a form three to five days after their arrival in the country in which they undertake to take a test to prove the disease the need for a seven-day quarantine, takes up the media ‘USA Today’.
“Due to the potential difficulties quarantine can pose for children under the age of 18, especially when accompanied by a vaccinated parent or legal guardian who should not be quarantined, the CDC has decided that isolation is not required,” it said in an amended document signed by CDC director Rochelle Walensky.
The original document, issued by the agency on Monday, stipulated that all foreign nationals entering the country who are vaccinated should be quarantined for seven days or face fines.
The amended document also states that travelers under the age of 18 should not consent to vaccination upon arrival in the United States “due to the evolving circumstances of childhood vaccinations”. However, if they develop symptoms, they need to be isolated.
In the United States, a country of more than 300 million people, 745,668 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Nearly 60 percent of the population is fully immunized against the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University