WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will require key travelers, non-residents crossing the U.S. border, such as motorists, government officials and emergency workers, to receive a full vaccination from January 22, officials set to announce Tuesday.
The chief executive said the requirement, which the White House saw in October, was to bring the necessary travel rules in line with what began earlier this month for vacationers, as the US reopened its borders for vaccinated people.
Important passengers entering the boat should also be fully vaccinated by the same date, the official said. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to cover the announcement.
These laws apply to non-US citizens. Native Americans and permanent residents can still enter the US regardless of whether they have a vaccine, but face some testing difficulties because officials believe they can easily connect to and distribute COVID-19 and encourage them to shoot.
Biden officials have pushed back the demands of key travelers in the last two months since they became operational on Nov. 8 for unwanted guests to prevent confusion, especially among motorists who are highly valued in North American business. Although many cross-border vehicles were closed in the early days of the epidemic, essential travelers could travel with ease.
Despite the delay, Norita Taylor, a spokeswoman for the trucking Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, criticized the need for a vaccine, citing “an example of how unscrupulous government regulations can force skilled owners and freelancers to leave the business.”
“These requirements are another example of how non-enforcement laws can produce safer drivers on the road,” he said.
The latest deadline has passed as Biden executives expect large businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly in accordance with an emergency law issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The law has now been delayed by lawsuits, but the White House has urged businesses to adhere to their requirements regardless of government requirements with a view to promoting vaccination.
An estimated 47 million adults in the US are vaccinated, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Associated Press Secretary David Koenig in Dallas contributed to the discussion.