A U.S. lawmaker urged health officials Monday to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to enter the U.S. after comments by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen indicated U.S. border officials may require an individual’s health certificate before allowing non-immunized travelers into the U.S.
“At this time, no additional requirements are necessary in order to clear Canadian travelers from being forced to provide a health certificate before being allowed into the United States,” U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., said Monday after meeting with Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security, where Nielsen unveiled the border clampdown plan.
Wagner was among a group of House and Senate GOP lawmakers, who met with Nielsen on Monday afternoon.
Nielsen revealed Friday that U.S. border officials will no longer issue health certificates for Canadians heading into the U.S. On Monday, Nielsen said officials would be able to immediately vet the health of Americans and Canadians entering into the country, whether that person was seeking medical assistance or not.
“Well, we are continuing to enforce the requirement that all border crossing visitors to Canada be immunized against communicable diseases,” Nielsen said, reported by CTV. “Immunization is very safe, it’s important. It provides protection against a number of illnesses which are readily passed from person to person.”
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