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Speaking to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Mayorkas was asked about the possibility of a vaccine passport for travel to or from the United States.
“We are looking at this very closely,” Mayorkas said.
“You know, one of our principles that guided us throughout this pandemic was the value of diversity. equality and non-discrimination and make sure that the passports we provide for vaccinations are accessible to everyone. And no one has been revoked,” he said.
Vaccine passports have become a flashpoint for debate amid the country’s immunization efforts. Several GOP-led states have banned local governments and businesses. from the claim of such proof Alleging that they violated individual rights to choose vaccinations.
The White House also said it would not receive a federal mandate to prove a COVID-19 vaccination.
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“The US government Realize that other countries have or may have entry requirements We will monitor these and help American travelers meet those requirements,” Jean-Pierre said. “But there will be no federal mandate requiring everyone to receive a single vaccination certificate.”
Asked for Mayorkas’ comments, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told The Hill he was talking about making sure Americans meet other countries’ travel requirements.
“We have always said that we are looking at ways we can ensure that Americans traveling abroad have a quick and easy way to enter another country,” the spokesperson said. All Americans will be able to easily meet the anticipated entry requirements.”
“There will be no federal vaccination database. And there is no federal directive that requires everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate,” the spokesperson continued.
The comments come as several countries open new borders for international travel. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the European Union and some Asian countries are working to develop passports that users can use from a phone app.
Mayorkas continues to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.
“We have vaccination centers everywhere — no more than a few miles from everyone’s homes. And it’s very important to get vaccinated. build safety Keep your loved ones and friends safe around you,” he said.
Update: 1:57 p.m.