Repatriation Flight #5 originally scheduled May 2021 was changed to arrive at American Samoa on June 1, 2021. The changes made as two (2) fully vaccinated repatriates tested positive for Covid-19 which required additional quarantine days in Honolulu, Hawaii, and American Samoa.
CDC reports authorized vaccines provided in the United States efficiently protect people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. There is limited information on vaccine protection, but CDC does provide guiding principles for fully vaccinated people. The principles for fully vaccinated people are as follows (CDC Website):
During times of uncertainty can cause increased stress, particularly as we move forward to opening borders, and cities. CDC continues to recommend delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you do choose to travel, it is safer to meet just members of your household, and with only fully vaccinated people. It is less safe to be in contact with people who are not from your household.
If you do choose to travel you will spend increased times in security lines, airport terminals, that can place you in close contact with other people. The virus and other germs do not spread easily on flights due to air circulation and filtration, but social distancing can be challenging on crowded flights. The increased time on planes can increase your likelihood of contracting COVID-19.
As our borders continue to open it is important to learn what will keep you safe from contracting COVID-19. Stay informed!
 COVID-19 Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Peopled retrieved: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html#anchor_1617376555813
Written by staff of the Alliance