Joe Biden, the President of the United States, announced that nonresidential essential travelers crossing American land borders, like government and emergency response officials, and truck drivers, will be essential to receive full vaccination doses starting on 22nd January, the government planned to announce. A senior governmental official said the requirement brings the rules for vital travelers in line with those travelers that took effect earlier this month for holiday travelers when the American administration reopened its borders to fully vaccinated people.
US will require COVID-19 vaccines for all border crossers.
It’s a bit late for that since we have allowed (encouraged) thousands of illegals to enter without knowing their vaccination status.
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The officials added that it is also necessary for the essential travelers entering by ferryboat to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the same announced date. Furthermore, the rules apply to non-Americans. Permanent residents and American citizens may still enter the United States irrespective of their vaccination status but face additional testing mandates. In addition, the Biden government delayed the requirement for essential travelers by more than sixty days from when it went into effect on 8th November for non-essential visitors to prevent interruptions, specifically among truck drivers who are necessary to North American trade.
White House Encouraged Businesses to Implement their own Mandates
While most cross-border traffic and trade closed in the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic, vital travelers have been able to move through unimpeded. The spokeswoman for the trucking group Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Norita Taylor, slammed the vaccination requirement for essential travelers and called it an example of how unnecessary official mandates can force independent truckers and experienced owner-operators out of business. She said that these federal requirements from the administration are another example of how unrealistic regulations will send necessary but safe drivers off the road.
The recent deadline for the essential drivers is ahead of the point. The Biden government hopes to have big businesses require their workers to receive vaccination shots or face weekly testing directives under an emergency regulation from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. However, a ruling from the court delayed the rule. Still, the Biden government encouraged businesses to implement their own vaccine mandates irrespective of the federal requirement with the intention to boost vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, around forty-seven million American adults remain unvaccinated.