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International travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and denied entry to the United States during the pandemic can attempt to visit their families on November 8, according to a White House official.
The exact date on which the Biden government would lift travel restrictions on air travelers or hope to cross the land border was previously unclear. The government announced last month that it was rolling out a new system that would allow fully vaccinated foreigners with evidence of a negative coronavirus test to fly to the United States in early November.
Earlier this week, government officials said those wishing to travel fully vaccinated from Mexico or Canada can cross the border at the same time. But thousands around the world trying to organize their travel plans were still wondering what date they could enter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Those who have received emergency-approved vaccines such as the AstraZeneca vaccine by the World Health Organization apply, according to the CDC. also as fully vaccinated
The CDC has also updated its guidelines for blending vaccines, which are particularly relevant to Canada. According to media reports, at least 3.88 million Canadians have received mixed doses of the vaccine – and that number doesn’t account for the mixed doses administered in Quebec. The agency now believes full mixed-dose vaccination is possible as long as they are approved by either the FDA or the WHO
The new travel system also makes high demands.
Unvaccinated foreigners are largely banned from entering the United States, although the White House official said there will be limited exemptions, including for young children.
Those who have never been banned from crossing land borders, including professional drivers and students, will also be required to show proof of vaccination upon crossing as of January so they can adjust to the new rules, officials said. Those who cross land borders do not have to show a coronavirus test.
Foreigners wishing to fly to the United States must provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding and a negative coronavirus test within three days of entry.
What you should know about Covid-19 booster shots
Who is entitled to a booster vaccination?
The FDA has approved a booster dose for a select group of people who received their second dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at least six months previously. This group includes: vaccine recipients who are 65 years of age or older or who live in long-term care facilities; Adults at high risk for severe Covid-19 due to an underlying medical condition; Healthcare workers and others whose jobs they put at risk. People with compromised immune systems are entitled to a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna four weeks after the second injection.
Are Eligible People Receiving Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines?Which underlying diseases qualify for a booster vaccination?
The CDC has said that the conditions that qualify a person for a booster vaccination include: high blood pressure and heart disease; Diabetes or obesity; Cancer or blood diseases; weakened immune system; chronic lung, kidney, or liver disease; Dementia and certain disabilities. Pregnant women as well as current and former smokers are also eligible.
Which professions are suitable for boosters?
The FDA has approved boosters for workers whose work places them at high risk of exposure to potentially infectious individuals. The CDC says this group includes: emergency medical personnel; Educational workers; Food and agricultural workers; Manufacturing workers; Correction worker; US Postal Service employees; Public transport employees; Grocery store workers.
Can I mix Covid vaccines?
It is not recommended. At the moment, Pfizer vaccine recipients are advised to receive a Pfizer booster, and recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson should wait for these manufacturers’ booster doses to be approved.
Can I get a flu vaccination at the same time as a Covid vaccination or a booster vaccination?
Yes sir. The CDC says the Covid vaccine can be given regardless of the timing of other vaccines, and many pharmacies allow people to schedule a flu shot at the same time as a booster dose.
Unvaccinated Americans traveling from abroad are required to take a negative test for coronavirus the day before they return home and provide evidence that they purchased a test that they will take after they arrive in the United States.
The US Travel Association, an industry group, welcomed the move.
“The date is critical to planning – for airlines, for travel-assisted businesses and for the millions of travelers around the world who are now making plans to visit the United States again,” said Roger Dow, president of the group, in a statement. “The reopening to international visitors will boost the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that have been lost due to travel restrictions.”
A spokeswoman for Airlines for America, another industry group, noted that airlines had seen an increase in ticket sales to the US from abroad even before the date was announced.
“The full reopening of international travel is also critical to revitalizing economies around the world, revitalizing communities and supporting millions of jobs in the US and abroad,” spokeswoman Katherine Estep said in a statement.