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Quarantine rules in effect, even after vaccination

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 21:24:48-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many of you at home probably have cabin fever, but if you’re planning to travel in 2021, experts say plan to get the vaccine if you can before you leave.

“Vaccination is going to go a long ways to protecting you from acquiring disease,” said Doctor Thomas Russo from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Russo says with the vaccine now available to more people, we could start to see live move toward normal by the summer.

“Between now and when you get vaccinated, continue to be rigorous with public health measures,” Russo said.

Dr. Russo says if you’re planning a trip, there’s a possibility that many people will start to require the vaccine.

“It’s likely many venues will require the vaccine,” he said.

AAA of Western New York says a number of people are booking trips.

“So many vacations were postponed and a lot of people have credits to use,” said Elizabeth Carey with AAA. “The clock is ticking.”

Even if you’re vaccinated, health officials say that doesn’t change New York’s quarantine rules.

If you’re out of the state for less than 24 hours, you don’t have to take a test before arriving back, but the state says you will need to take a COVID-19 test on day 4 of your arrival into New York.

The state says if you’re out of the state for more than 24 hours, you must get a COVID-19 test three days before coming back into New York. Once you’re back, you need to quarantine for three days and on the fourth day, take a COVID-19 test. The state says if both tests are negative, you may exit quarantine.

Even if you’ve had the vaccine, officials say state quarantine rules still apply.