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Guidance for Border Crossers on November 8 Accepted Vaccines

The Department of Homeland Security has released guidance for vaccination proof when crossing the border starting November 8. Basically, they will be following CDC Guidance.

Accepted Vaccines: FDA approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization.

FDA has approved Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. In addition to these three, WHO listed AstraZeneca and Sinopharm for emergency use. Please review the CDC guidance for additional information.


Travel Restrictions Lifted for Fully Vaccinated Foreigners in Land Ports starting Early November


Legal Resident Alien and Commuter Card Holders have until January to be Fully Vaccinated to Continue Crossing the Border

That’s right! Unless some clarification is issued by DHS, legal resident alien card holders, known as green card holders and any other foreigner (including Mexicans) with a valid work visa that have been crossing the border without a problem, will NOT be able to do so as of January 2022 unless they are fully vaccinated. This includes foreigners crossing for essential and non essential functions. For example, Mexican truck drivers will have to be fully vaccinated as of January to continue crossing.

People are considered fully vaccinated:
• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
So, please note workers will need to have their second dose vaccine (or one shot J&J) by December 17, 2021 to cross January 1, 2022.


Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

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