U.S. to mandate COVID vaccines for all border crossers in January

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A White House spokesman told Nerdshala on Wednesday that the Biden administration will begin requiring thorough vaccinations for essential travelers crossing US borders on January 22.

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why it matters: The move comes after the US in November opened land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel, but only to those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

  • The new mandate will apply to non-US citizens classified as essential travelers, such as truck drivers, government employees and emergency responders.
  • US citizens and permanent residents will still be allowed into the country if they have not been vaccinated, but will face stricter testing requirements, AP reports,

What are they saying: “While further operational details will be released in the coming weeks, we anticipate that operational details will be in line with the approach being implemented for non-essential passengers in general,” the administration official said in a statement.

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