Proof of Covid vaccination is still required to enter America in 2023
Travelers flying to the United States will still need proof of a Covid vaccination in 2023 — making the US the only country in the West to stick with the failed policy.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the rule until at least January 8 of next year to ‘limit the risk of Covid-19including virus variants’.
But experts are increasingly accepting that Covid vaccines – while highly effective at preventing severe disease – do not stop infections well.
dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), earlier this year admitted that vaccines ‘can no longer prevent transmission’.
However, as of November 2021, anyone entering the US – even citizens returning home – must provide proof of a Covid vaccination.
Most major Western countries, such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, have already abandoned such recommendations.
Countries that still require a Covid vaccination for entry are: China, Angola, Libya, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
The TSA’s statement said it was revising the policy to ‘limit the risk of introduction, transmission and spread of Covid-19… into and throughout the United States.’
As shown in the graph above, the introduction of proof of vaccination for travelers on 8 November 2021 did not stop the influx of Covid cases from the Omicron variant during the winter of last year
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said travelers will have to prove their Covid vaccination status to ‘reduce the spread of Covid-19’, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines that treat unvaccinated and vaccinated people the same
The renewed TSA policy will last until Jan. 8 of next year, and could be extended beyond that
The document reads: ‘Together with the Presidential Declaration and the CDC Regulation, these policies are intended to limit the risk of introduction, transmission and spread of Covid-19, including variants of the virus that causes Covid-19, across the country. United States, potentially overwhelm the health and public health resources of the United States, endanger the health and safety of the American people, and threaten the safety of our civil aviation system.’
Getting a flu shot reduces the risk of STROKE years later,
Getting the flu shot may be more important than ever — a study shows it also lowers the risk of stroke years later.
Researchers say health officials should do more to ensure that everyone gets routine flu shots, not just the most vulnerable.
The study analyzed the health records of more than 4 million adults in Alberta, Canadain a period of 10 years.
The results showed that people who got the flu shot once a year or every flu season over a 10-year period reduced their risk of stroke by more than a fifth on average.
The protective effect was even more pronounced in men and younger people.
The researchers did not specifically investigate why the flu shot significantly reduced the risk, but the underlying hypothesis is simple.
The vaccine reduces the risk of getting and getting the flu, which is a known risk factor for stroke.
This is contrary to the CDC’s directingpublished in August, which no longer differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
Estimates show that Covid vaccines prevent about 30 to 40 percent of infections in the three to six months after immunization. But this drops to almost zero after that.
But the shots reduce risk of serious illness or death up to 90 percent in the months after vaccination.
dr. Walensky summed it up in January this year when she said: ‘Our vaccines work extremely well. \
‘They continue to do well for Delta in terms of serious illness and death. They prevent it… what they can no longer do is prevent transmission.’
Vaccines became weaker and weaker at preventing transmission as Covid mutated.
The updated bivalent vaccines were supposed to improve protection against Omicron and its subvariants, which are dominant worldwide.
But there are doubts about whether the vaccines actually work better than the originals, like reported DailyMail.com this week.
In June, the Biden administration and the CDC lifted the requirement that international travelers to the U.S. test negative for Covid, but they will not waive the requirement for Covid vaccinations.
This means that vaccinated people can fly even if they test positive for the virus.
Over 80 percent of the US has received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, and 69 percent are dual vaccinated.
But uptake of booster doses has been slow, with only 26.3 million people receiving bivalent injections.
dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told DailyMail.com that the expanded policy was a ‘puzzle’.
He said: ‘There are several reasons why it is a conundrum that travelers entering the US must still show their Covid vaccination status.
‘First, Covid is abundant and widely transmitted in the US, so we are not protecting our population from an infection that is not here. Second, vaccines are only modestly effective in preventing transmission. Indeed, vaccinated persons can become infected and transmit the virus to others.’
He added: ‘In the end, in the face of any highly contagious respiratory virus, it’s become clear that travel restrictions of any kind are not very effective at keeping new viruses out of the country—and Covid is no longer new.’