Advocacy groups oppose cross-border vaccine mandate

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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the agency to reverse its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for “essential” travelers coming into the United States.

Beginning Jan. 22, 2022, DHS will require that all inbound foreign national travelers crossing any U.S. land or ferry port of entry (POE) be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. The mandate would not distinguish between essential and non-essential travelers and is separate from the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Canadian government will also be implementing a similar mandate for travelers coming into Canada.

American Building Materials Alliance also sent a letter to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining its serious concerns with the US Department of Homeland Security’s vaccine mandate for inbound foreign national truck drivers crossing the United States-Canadian border. This vaccine mandate will threaten ongoing economic recovery efforts, slow the the supply chain, worsen inflation, and create a loss of current and prospective truck drivers moving forward, ABMA says.

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