U.S. expected to approve Canadians who had mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines as border crossings resume Nov. 8

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WASHINGTON—What appears to be good border news for Canadians who received mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines: “New US travel policy* will treat people with mixed vaccine doses as fully vaccinated I’m told,” Bloomberg White House correspondent Josh Wingrove tweeted Friday morning.

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Granthshala could not immediately confirm the report on Friday morning. However, a Canadian government source in Washington, speaking on the background, said US officials have indicated recently that they expect evidence of mixed vaccinations to be accepted for cross-border transmissions.

Reported as the White House confirmed friday morning That the land border crossings will resume on 8 November.


Canadian officials have been working through a “process” of discussing the issue of vaccinations with Washington in recent weeks, trying to share information that shows them the efficacy of mixing – a practice known as Was approved in Canada but not in the United States.

The source said he had not heard any official word till Friday morning. Speaking on the background, a source in the Prime Minister’s Office said that the US is yet to be informed of any final decision.

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A White House official, speaking on background, would say only that the US Centers for Disease Control “will provide guidance soon.”

US officials have previously indicated that they intend to accept World Health Organization-approved vaccinations as valid, even though the vaccines in question – including the AstraZeneca vaccine used in Canada – are approved for use in the US. had not been.

The acceptability of mixed vaccine doses has been a question of some interest to many Canadians since the new US border policy was announced. Nearly four million Canadians – including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – received a mixed dose, and their ability to travel to the US could be blocked if US officials refuse to identify them.

Representative Brian Higgins, who represents border communities in New York state in Congress, was one of America’s loudest voices in calling for the border to be reopened. On Friday morning he called for a mixed dose.

“Millions of Canadian travelers are likely to be denied access to the United States indefinitely because they have received mixed doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, which is deeply concerning. After more than 19 months of isolation, border communities are desperate to be reunited with their loved ones in Canada and the United States,” Higgins said in a statement.

Higgins broke news of the border reopening last week before the administration officially announced it. On Friday morning, his office said it has yet to be able to independently confirm any decision to accept mixed-dose vaccines.

With files from Tonda MacCharles
Edward Keenan is Starr’s Washington bureau chief. He covers American politics and current affairs. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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