US mandates Covid vaccination for new immigrants
Beginning October 1, new immigrants to the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a news release on Tuesday.
Those wishing to become “lawful permanent residents” or green card holders have permission to reside in the United States and eventually obtain citizenship. Applicants for permanent residency must undergo a medical examination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID vaccine joins a list of others, including vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and hepatitis A and B. Some people may be exempt from the new rules, including people who are too young to be vaccinated and who have medical conditions that make the shots dangerous for them.
About 54 percent of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and some have begun receiving booster shots.
The new requirement for those seeking permanent US residency is in line with President Biden’s new vaccine mandate for federal workers and contractors. The Pentagon has announced that active-duty military personnel should also be vaccinated.
Mr Biden has rolled back several Trump-era immigration rules, including a ban on legal immigration that Donald J. Trump applied at the start of the pandemic.
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