The exact date for the entry into force of the regulation for entry via land and air will be announced “very soon”. Both will take place according to the same schedule.
According to the employee, the opening of the land borders should take place in two steps. In November, the border crossings would also be opened for “non-essential” trips in a first phase, if vaccination protection was proven. Entry in “essential” cases is still possible without vaccination. At the beginning of January, proof of vaccination will be mandatory for all entries.
Six vaccines accepted
All vaccines approved and recommended by the US FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) would be accepted, said the US representative. These are the vaccines from Biontech and Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
The entry bans that have been in place for a year and a half have recently been increasingly controversial in the USA. The then President Donald Trump had imposed the restrictions in March 2020 because of the pandemic. After taking office in January, Trump’s successor Joe Biden initially adhered to the entry bans, even when many EU states reopened their borders to US citizens. That caused increasing criticism in Europe and also in the USA.
Only 56.5 percent fully vaccinated
In the United States, according to the CDC, more than 187 million people have been fully vaccinated – that’s 56.5 percent of the total population. In total, almost 402 million doses were administered. Almost 217 million people have been vaccinated at least once. Around 328 million people live in the United States. Around 8.5 million people received a booster vaccination.
Extensive mandatory vaccination announced
In order to increase the previously low vaccination rate, Biden announced in September that all employees of federal authorities and employees of government contractors would be required to be vaccinated. Employees in state-sponsored nursing homes and in schools controlled by the federal government can no longer avoid vaccination.
In addition, companies with more than a hundred employees should have to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested once a week. According to Biden, the measures affect around one hundred million people.
The Republicans immediately announced an appeal against the vaccination requirements. Republican governors from the states have been severely criticized and have resigned legal action. Kristi Noem from South Dakota wrote on Twitter: “See you in court, Joe Biden.” Her colleague Greg Abbott from Texas spoke of an “attack on the private sector”. He had issued a decree protecting the Texans’ right to decide for themselves whether to vaccinate. Doug Ducey from Arizona wrote on Twitter: “This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good.”