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Biden administration to require vaccines for essential border crossers

FILE – President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations after touring a Clayco Corporation construction site for a Microsoft data center in Elk Grove Village, Ill., on Oct. 7, 2021. Biden’s administration is asking a federal court to let it move ahead with a workplace rule that would require employees at larger companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Susan Walsh/AP

Biden administration to require vaccines for essential border crossers

Ryan King November 23, 07:40 PMNovember 23, 07:40 PM

The Biden administration is reportedly set to require essential nonresident travelers who cross the U.S. border to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 22.

This includes foreign truck drivers and emergency response officials who were previously not covered by the administration’s vaccine requirements for those who cross U.S. borders by land, a senior official told the Associated Press.

BIDEN’S VACCINE MANDATE TEMPORARILY HALTED BY FEDERAL COURT

In October, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada would be open for foreign nonessential travelers so long as they are vaccinated and had the proper paperwork. At the time, it did not extend that requirement to “essential travelers.”

The Biden administration has attempted to roll out vaccine requirements on several fronts. It is also in the midst of a significant legal challenge with its mandate for small businesses.

Its mandate used the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require companies with over 100 employees to require a COVID-19 vaccine or conduct weekly testing.

A federal appeals court halted the mandate, saying petitioners offered significant cause to believe there were “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the order.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 59% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For adults over the age of 18, that number jumps up to 70.8%.

The New York Times estimates that about 50 countries have a higher vaccination rate than the United States with regard to the percentage of people who have received at least one dose.

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