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United States to implement vaccination mandate for all border workers in January

President Joe Biden will demand that all essential foreign travelers entering the United States through land borders be fully vaccinated starting January 22, the administration said.

Government and emergency response officials as well as truck drivers are just a few of the groups to target, with owner-operators and independent truckers expected to be most affected by the far-reaching mandate.

The White House previewed the imposition in August, as reported by Breitbart News. The move aligns the rules for essential travelers with those that came into effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the United States reopened its borders to fully vaccinated people.

Essential travelers entering by ferry will also need to be fully immunized by the same date, according to an official who informed the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The rule changes will only apply to legal land crossings into the country, although tens of thousands of illegal border workers have entered the country freely since the Biden administration took office, as reported. Breitbart News.

The rules apply to non-US nationals. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can still enter the United States regardless of their vaccine status, but face additional testing hurdles as the Biden administration believes they contract and spread the coronavirus more easily and in order to prevent them. encourage people to get vaccinated.

Norita Taylor, spokesperson for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association trucking group, criticized the vaccination requirement. She told AP it was an example of “how unnecessary government mandates can force experienced owner-operators and independent truckers out of business.”

“These requirements are another example of how impractical regulations will keep safe drivers off the road,” she said.

The latest deadline is beyond the point at which the Biden administration hopes large companies will require their employees to be vaccinated or tested every week under an emergency regulation issued by the Health and Humanitarian Administration. safety at work.

People line up to go through customs to enter the United States at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Texas on November 8, 2021. (PAUL RATJE / AFP via Getty)

That rule is now being delayed by litigation, but the White House has encouraged companies to implement their own mandates regardless of the federal requirement in an effort to boost vaccination.

In the United States, about 47 million adults are still unvaccinated, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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