The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.
On Jan. 4, 2023, the U.S. Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) extended its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for non-citizens and non-immigrants traveling to the United States by air until Apr. 10, 2023.
The previous mandate expired on Jan. 9.
The U.S is one of a few countries that require Covid vaccinations when flying into US airports without the option of providing a negative SARS-CoV-2 test as an alternative to vaccination.
All other western nations have dropped their Covid vaccine mandates and travel restrictions, leaving the U.S as the only developed country requiring a proof of Covid vaccination to cross the border.
The TSA stated:
These policies are intended to limit the risk that Covid-19, including variants of the virus that causes Covid-19, is introduced, transmitted, and spread into and throughout the United States, potentially overwhelming United States healthcare and public health resources, endangering the health and safety of the American people, and threatening the security of our civil aviation system.
The extension of the Covid vaccine shot travel mandate has been controversial.
Critics say that the policy negatively impacts trade and tourism, that vaccination should be a personal choice and that the shots do not prevent infection with and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Jenny Beth Martin, the honorary chairwoman of Tea Party Patriots Action said:
President Biden himself said the pandemic is over so the original justification for the mandate has lapsed. Pre-pandemic, international tourism generated close to $2 trillion in U.S. economic activity, so denying entry to unvaccinated foreign guests is denying us untold billions in revenue.” She added that, “And last but not least, as a matter of principle, no one should be forced to take a vaccine against their will, whether they’re an American or a foreign guest.
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