In 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at safeguarding public health, boosting workplace efficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations by implementing COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Fast forward to today, and the impact of these measures has been remarkable. With COVID-19 deaths plummeting by 95% since January 2021 and hospitalizations dropping nearly 91%, we are witnessing the lowest global mortality rates since the onset of the pandemic. Thanks to an extraordinary whole-of-government effort, nearly 270 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As we enter a new phase in our response to the pandemic, the Administration has decided to bring an end to certain vaccination requirements.

Effective from the end of the day on May 11, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration will terminate the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for Federal employees, Federal contractors, and international air travelers. This coincides with the conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Moreover, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have also announced the initiation of the process to conclude vaccination requirements for Head Start educators, CMS-certified healthcare facilities, and certain noncitizens at the land border. Detailed information regarding the termination of these requirements will be provided in the upcoming days.

Undoubtedly, our Administration’s vaccination requirements have significantly boosted vaccination rates across the nation, resulting in countless lives saved. This broader vaccination campaign has been an unprecedented response, characterized by historic investments in accessible vaccines, testing capabilities, and effective treatments to combat COVID-19. Vaccination has emerged as one of the most pivotal tools in promoting the health and safety of employees and enhancing workplace efficiency. However, as we transition into a different phase of our response, these requirements are no longer deemed necessary.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s unwavering commitment to combating COVID-19 through vaccination requirements has been a game-changer. With COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations at their lowest levels since the pandemic’s onset, we are witnessing the positive impact of these measures. While vaccination remains a vital aspect of our ongoing fight against the virus, the termination of certain requirements signifies a significant milestone in our response. As we move forward, we must remain vigilant and adaptable, ready to embrace the next steps in our collective journey toward a healthier, safer future.

Read The White House Press Release for the official statement.

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Elizabeth Garvish
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Elizabeth L.A. Garvish founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 after practicing immigration law in small boutique firms, big law and nonprofits. Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and presenter on entrepreneurship and U.S. immigration topics around the world. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on various national committees and is the Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA. Elizabeth is also a certified member of the EO Global Speakers Academy.