Washington, DC- There are still many details to be outlined in the opening of the border with Mexico and Canada announced by the White House, such as the implementation date and what will be the steps, forms or regulations that must be met in order to cross the land border .
The concrete rules are expected to be issued in the coming days through the health authorities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It will be the CDC that recommend and define, for example, what type of doses will be accepted as valid to justify a complete vaccination schedule.
In the absence of official confirmation, the CDC is expected to authorize and approve any vaccine that is on the emergency use list of both the US authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), including the one manufactured by AstraZeneca (still not authorized by the EU) and those who have a mixed vaccination regimen.
The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not yet endorsed by either the CDC or the WHO, so those vaccinated with that biological could be out of authorization.
What was ruled out was the requirement of a test prior to crossing the border: The demonstration of the complete vaccination schedule, either through a physical or digital medium to be determined, will be the only requirement to be able to enter by land.
Regarding logistics, the migration officer is expected to ask the traveler about their vaccination status; It will be at the sole discretion of the agent to request the documents that prove it and be validated.
We have seen a greater availability of vaccines, obviously in Canada, which now has very high vaccination rates, as well as in Mexico “, pointed out one of the sources,” and we wanted to have a consistent approach for both land and air entry into the country ” , summarized the White House.
Until the specific date is defined, the order to close the borders will be extended once again, although it is expected that a specific mention will be made that will be lifted as soon as it is specified which day the announcement made by the White House.
WHAT VACCINES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ENTERING THE US?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US will accept travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, not just those used in the US.
WHO-approved vaccines are those that will be accepted for entry into the US:
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)