The administration of President Joe Biden will require visitors to make essential travel, are not residents and cross the land borders of the United States – such as truck drivers, emergency workers, or government workers – are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 22, according to official sources.
A senior government official told the agency AP that the requirement, which the White House anticipated in October, aligns the rules for those who make essential trips with those who came into effect at the beginning of November for those who travel for pleasure. The United States this month reopened its borders to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Essential travelers entering by ferry they must also be fully vaccinated by the same datesaid the official, who spoke with AP on condition of anonymity for not being authorized to speak on the matter before the official announcement Tuesday.
The rules pertain to non-Americans. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can enter the country regardless of their vaccination status, but face additional testing requirements because authorities believe they contract and spread COVID-19 more easily, and to encourage them to get vaccinated.
The Biden administration lagged the requirement for essential travelers by more than two months from when the order for non-essential visitors went into effect. (November 8) to avoid disruptions, particularly among truck drivers who are vital to commerce in North America. While most cross-border traffic was closed in the early days of the pandemic in 2020, essential travelers have been able to transit unhindered.
The deadline is past the point where the Biden administration expects large companies to require their employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly under an emergency regulation issued by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That rule is now delayed by litigation, but the White House has encouraged companies to implement their own mandates regardless of the federal requirement with the goal of boosting vaccination.
Approximately 47 million adults in the United States remain unvaccinatedAccording to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It is a hugely positive change. It is a great step towards returning to normality in international travel. It aims to protect the health of all: Americans, residents and those who visit us, “he said. Rena Bitter, Undersecretary for Consular Affairs of the State Department, in a press conference in which Infobae participated, after the new rules for international travelers were adopted in November after a year and a half, with the requirement of a full vaccination for non-resident visitors.
Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) division, clarified in turn that The authorities will allow the entry of people who have a mixture of formulas, as long as they are doses in the list. In this way, people who received a first Sputnik V vaccine and a second one from another approved formula, will still not meet the requested requirements.
Formulas authorized by WHO are from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca (also US approved), Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
(With information from AP)