BILL: End Vax Requirement for Air Travelers to the U.S.
Do you support terminating the air travel vax requirements?
H.R.185 - To terminate the requirement imposed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreign travelers, and for other purposes
- Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY): January 9, 2023
- There are 22 current Republican co-sponsors
- Received in the Senate and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar: January 2, 2023
- Passed the House of Representatives: February 8, 2023
- Senate: Not yet passed
- President: Not yet signed
- The bill would terminate the requirement imposed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for proof of COVID–19 vaccination for foreign travelers entering the U.S.
What's in the bill?
The Bill will end the vaccination requirement for air travelers entering the U.S.
- Beginning on the date of the enactment of the Act, the vaccination requirement for foreign air travelers that was published by the CDC on April 7, 2022, shall have no force or effect.
No federal funds are to be used to enforce air travel vaccination requirements
- Beginning on the date of the enactment of the Act, no Federal funds will be used to administer, implement, or enforce air travel vaccination requirements for foreign travelers.
CDC to submit statistics on travelers who were denied entry
- Within 90 days of the enactment of the Act, the CDC shall submit a report to Congress on the number of visitors who were denied entry under the vaccine requirement from April 7, 2022, until the date of the Act’s enactment
"[W]hy do we subject visitors who want to see their families to this COVID-19 double standard? The CDC's unscientific mandate is separating too many people from their families and has been doing so for far too long. It needs to end."
"This legislation puts American health care at risk, flies in the face of settled science surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, and hinders America’s ability to adapt and respond to emerging variants."
"The decision to revise or revoke our country’s public health guidance concerning COVID-19 vaccine requirements should rest in the hands of our public health experts – not Congress."
Do you support the termination of the vaccine requirement for air travel?
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Americans have experienced 105 million Covid cases to date, with 1.15 million American Covid deaths and currently with 1.5 million active Covid cases. The mistake made repeatedly by governances around the world has been to relax Covid disease control protocols way too early and their populace have suffered from not holding the line long enough to control community spread.
I think that the elimination of vaccination protocols for air travelers can quickly become yet another one of those costly mistakes. A mistake made that saves airlines money and makes people feel good or the moment for not having the hassle of dealing with vaccination protocols.
Frankly, if FOX News (which ‘religiously’ practiced disease protocols internally for their operations) had not dissed the vaccination protocols and the Republican Cartel did not see an opportunity to use this issue for political advantage to complain about Democrats - we would not have suffered one of the highest per capita death rates of any industrialized peer nation - an extreme embarrassment for our country and a senseless, needless loss of life.
The statistics show that the true believers of FOX and the Republican Cartel’s propaganda machine suffered a much larger per capita Covid death rate than Democrat leaning people did.
The wholesale abandonment of vaccination protocols for multinational and interstate travelers seems to be too much, too soon.
It's never been unusual to get vaccinations prior to travel (in the vaccine era). Unless you have a valid health reason to not get one don't see why that should change. Then again, I'm fairly "keep your sickness away from me" in general these days.
Of course do away with requiring air travelers to be vaccinated.
We have had for the last 2 years 4 million illegal aliens crossing our boarder either being caught and released or get aways. They are coming from 78 countries. Not one has had to prove that they are vaccinated and non were required to get vaccinated before leaving.
They were not quarantined either in one Texas city on four buses full of them 102 were tested by a group and tested positive.
As long as COVID continues to mutate it's important to keep as many people vaccinated as possible. People arriving by air whether citizens or not should be vaccinated to reduce chances of contracting COVID, and if the do insuring a milder case so we aren't flooding our emergency rooms again.
The vaccine has proven to be a life saver and although the deniers are loud and obnoxious many who actually believe in science will forgo air travel if deemed unsafe causing lower profits for airlines.
I just came off a cruise to Belize Honduras and Coszmel. It was not a requirement for us to get on the ship
or off the ship at the 3 ports to have the COVID-19 vaccines.
Note to CDC we are through with COVID19. Yes it is still around in a milder form so is the flu and the common cold. Hell even measles and whooping cough.
This is complex. There are political advantages to removing the requirement, but form a purely medical standpoint and public health focus we shoudl require vaccination to travel on ANY mass transit in or out of the country. And, really, everywhere else. We require it for other terrible diseases that are less deadly, and we should for COVID as well!
I am not an any-vaxxer but I have my doubts about the Covid Vaccine. Way too much hype for everyone to get vaccinated. Likely cause the powers that be had huge investments in Big Pharma. The vaccine has done nothing to prevent getting Covid.
I support ending ALL vaccine requirements and mandates in every way!!
I don't support ending the vax requirement and believe that vax requirements should apply to all travelers within the US, as well. This damn virus is not over and is still killing a thousand Americans a day, thus precautions still need to be observed. However, I know I am just blowing smoke up my ass since everybody is acting like the virus is a done deal, including many health care professionals. Call me crazy, and many do, but I still believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
It is high time to end these mandates and allow both citizens and immigrants to choose whether the vaccines are right for them. Protec the right to choose!
I am against this bill because it would terminate the requirement imposed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for non-citizens to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel to the United States. This would be a violation of international law as it would discriminate against non-citizens and put them at risk of an undue burden. Additionally, it would create a situation where non-citizens would be unable to travel to the United States, limiting their access to essential services and potentially putting them in danger.
"Former Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) attributed his decision to retire due to the long-term effects of COVID-19, telling local newspaper Tulsa World that certain symptoms were still affecting him day-to-day."
"Inhofe voted against multiple coronavirus aid packages meant to help Americans at the height of the pandemic, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act approved overwhelmingly by 90 senators in March 2020, and the American Rescue Plan in March 2021."
"The 88-year-old did not say which symptoms he was dealing with. But he suggested he was in good company, alleging that other elected representatives in Congress are also struggling with long COVID behind the scenes."
"Five or six others have (long COVID), but I’m the only one who admits it,” Inhofe told Tulsa World."
"At least one Democratic senator, Tim Kaine of Virginia, has spoken openly about his experience with lingering symptoms after contracting COVID-19."
We would be stupid to eliminate the vaccine requirement
The Southern border is open. Millions are crossing with unknown health status. What is the purpose of restrict air travelers?
Air travelers can be at least tracked.
Covid-19 is back to sleep for another 1000 years the viruses that off spring from it has been around and hitting here and there for centuries, this will not stop just like malaria! We need to move forward with our lives, the longer we hold on to this strand the longer we will think it's there awake! Americans can leave and go to any country that doesn't require VAC proof but folks cannot come here from anywhere without VACCINATIONS. WHY.
We need to keep this requirement in force as Covid19 continues to kill approximately 400 Americans everyday! We do not need to open the doors to new variants to attack Americans!
If vaccines were ever a good idea, they're still a good idea. They were an important safeguard for those that have them contracting severe cases. We should continue to require people protect themselves, despite themselves, as airports and airplanes are automatic concentrated exposure environments
It is discrimination to inhibit people into different groups I refused to get the jab but my wife did (not happy about it) but if my wife wants to go away for a holiday I wouldn't be able to accompany her so we stay at home. We watch other people being let in to our country to play against other people and allowed to go to other countries who haven't had the jab as well of the thousands of discriminated people that are not allowed to go back to work as they didn't have the jab, yet politicians that didn't have the jab are still working and going to parliament getting paid, not the thousands of doctors, nurses, police, and other trades persons.
My daughter and granson live in US, and i havnt seen them for 2 years because of this useless vaccine!! Its time to open up and forget about covid.. All countries i Europe have no travelling restrictions now!!
The vax requirement is unscientific and provides no protection. It's discriminatory towards anyone who cannot get it and takes away someone's bodily autonomy if they are forced to get it for travel purposes. It should be ended immediately
Air travelers can be tracked.
The pandemic emergency" is officially over. The CDC has concluded their studies that show face masks are essentially ineffective against transmission of COVID, and the current "vaccinations" are relatively ineffective against obtaining and transmitting COVID except for elderly patients with pre-existing conditions.
Altogether, the current understanding of the prevalent infectious disease precludes any mandate of masks and vaccinations.
I urge your support of policies that take this into account.