- The US government will require applicants for permanent residence and other types of visas such as refugee visas to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
- This measure will be implemented as of October 1st of the current year.
- The CDC also explained that applicants must have a complete vaccination scheme: one or two doses depending on the vaccine that is applied.
The US government will require applicants for permanent residence and other types of visas such as refugee visas to be vaccinated against Covid-19, announced this Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This measure will be implemented from October 1st of the current year. “The covid-19 vaccine now meets the vaccination criteria for applicants for refugee or immigrant status,” they said in a statement.
The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19
From October 1, 2021, all those immigrants who request asylum, refuge or residence must be vaccinated to comply with the medical requirements that the immigration authorities will now demand.
The CDC also explained that applicants must have a complete vaccination against the coronavirus, that is, one or two doses according to the vaccine that is applied. In view of these new regulations, they recommend completing the application of immunizations quickly.
Some exceptions to the rule
The new measure will have some exceptions. In the case of children, vaccination will not be required since the health authorities still do not recommend applying the immunization doses due to their age, reported EFE.
Those who for health reasons cannot receive the vaccine will also be exempt. In addition, they will take into consideration applicants for permanent residence who come from countries where vaccines are “not available.”
Countries where the vaccine is not available
The immigration authorities will take as an exception to the rule those applicants in whose countries of origin the vaccine is not available to the population or even if the low number of doses means a delay in getting vaccinated.
“If the vaccine is available but due to a limited supply in the countries of origin, and this causes a significant delay for the applicant to receive their vaccine, then this situation would also be considered as’ not routinely available,” the statement added. .
Other cases will be evaluated one by one
Finally, they informed that they will also exempt applicants who, due to religious or moral objections, reject the vaccine. Under this argument, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department will evaluate and decide on each case individually.
Only children, medical exceptions, originating from countries with no vaccines available, and those with religious or moral objections will be able to break the rule. The rest of the applicants will be considered inadmissible if they are not properly vaccinated against Covid-19.
The US is confident it will have the pandemic under control by spring 2022
The US trusts that it will have the Covid-19 pandemic under control by spring 2022, although of course, to achieve this, it will have to increase the vaccination rate and keep the increase in people infected by the delta variant at bay.
On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, the US government’s chief epidemiologist, said in an interview with NBC News: “If we get through the winter, I think we could get there in the spring of 2022.”
Pandemic under control by spring 2022
Although Fauci foresees that the United States can ‘defeat’ the coronavirus by spring 2022, he acknowledges that achieving that goal is “in the hands” of the Americans. Especially because many still reject vaccination and because it is necessary to control the impact of the delta variant, which came to cause a spike in hospitalizations.
Even so, it is expected that more and more citizens are vaccinated and it is that this Monday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final authorization for the application of the pfizer vaccine. The same is expected to happen soon with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
There are still people to be vaccinated
The immunization doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have been administered with a provisional authorization that the FDA granted to pharmaceutical companies in view of the health emergency that Covid-19 generated in the country.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 30% of US citizens who have not yet been vaccinated would have said they would consider doing so when the vaccines received final authorization from the authorities, Fauci said.
Pressure people to get vaccinated
Fauci hopes that now that the vaccines will be approved in their entirety, companies and public entities feel more “enthusiasm” to ask their workers for proof of vaccination. In fact, following clearance for immunization with Pfizer, Biden has asked employers to require their employees to be vaccinated.
For their part, this Monday, the city of New York and the state of New Jersey reported that they will require proof of vaccination for public sector employees and that in the case of public schools they would require it for teachers and campus employees.
Companies demand the vaccine
Some companies are already pressuring their employees to get vaccinated. Such is the case of Disney World, which has reached an agreement with the unions to demand vaccination of 40,000 workers, the EFE news agency reported.
The CVS pharmacy chain gave its pharmacists until November 30 to be immunized. Chevron will require vaccinations for personnel traveling abroad and some of its workers in the Gulf of Mexico. The US will require applicants for permanent residence to be vaccinated against covid-19.
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