TORONTO – The US-Canadian land border will reopen in November to fully vaccinated Canadians, but travel is on hold for the millions who have received mixed vaccine doses from Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca.
The White House on Tuesday announced the reopening of land and ferry crossings at the border, following an unprecedented shutdown that began in March 2020.
Department of Homeland Security said in a statement That travelers entering the US by land will be required to produce paperwork that provides proof of vaccination. Passengers who have not been fully immunized will not be allowed to enter. But the department did not provide any details on which vaccines would be accepted.
Granthshala News asked White House officials whether mixed doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca would be accepted under the new rules. White House officials said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on the guidelines, but did not provide a definitive answer or timeline on when they might be ready.
Astra Zeneca vaccine is not authorized for use in the US and while both Pfizer and Moderna are authorized for use in the US, CDC says they should not be used interchangeably.
The CDC recently said that travelers immunized with WHO-approved vaccines would be allowed to fly into the US, meaning Canadians receiving two shots of the Astra Zeneca vaccine would be allowed to enter by air. needed. But it said nothing about those taking mixed doses.
According to government figures, as of October 2, nearly four million Canadians have received mixed doses of vaccines.
Dr Dale Kalina, medical director of infection prevention and control at Joseph Brant Hospital, told Granthshala news channel Canada that all vaccines approved by the WHO should also be considered.
“Keep in mind, that we have only recognized the vaccines that we currently use here as well. And there are some that provide very good protection,” he said.