Last night the Whitehouse announced the U.S. would be ending the requirement for non-U.S. citizens to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of entering the country. The Biden administration is also ending the vaccine mandate for federal employees, federal contractors and other federally funded workers. CBS News has more.
The vaccine requirements will end May 11, when the Biden administration is officially declaring an end to the public health emergency. In April, Congress passed, and the president signed, an end to the national and public health emergencies related to the pandemic, effective immediately.
The White House noted that 98% of federal employees received at least one dose of the vaccine or had a pending or approved exception.
The end of the vaccine requirement for international travelers coming to the U.S. and for federally-funded workers is further evidence that the administration believes the U.S. has moved past the worst of the pandemic.
“While vaccination remains one of the most important tools in advancing the health and safety of employees and promoting the efficiency of workplaces, we are now in a different phase of our response when these measures are no longer necessary,” the White House said.
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Among other things, this means Novak Djokovic will be able to enter the United States and take part in the U.S. Open.