U.S. Will Accept Mixed-Dose COVID-19 Vaccines From Canadians

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it will accept mixed-dose COVID-19 vaccines from international travelers, including those from Canada.

The CDC said that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The White House said last week that the new vaccine requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. will begin on November 8 for visitors crossing at land borders as well as international air travelers.

Representative Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat representing a district along the Canadian border, had asked the CDC if it would accept the mixed vaccine doses, noting that nearly four million Canadians, equivalent to 10% of their fully vaccinated population, have received mixed doses of the available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines – this includes the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The CDC said the vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use, as well as those authorized by the WHO, will be accepted for entry into America, including the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The CDC plans to answer other questions and release a contact tracing order for international air visitors by October 25.