As of October 1, new immigrants to the United States States must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, US Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a press release Tuesday .
People seeking to become "lawful permanent residents" - or green card holders - are permitted to live in the United States and possibly apply for citizenship. Residency applicants permanent must undergo a medical examination.
The Covid vaccine joins a list of other candidates must have, including vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis A and B , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people may be exempt from the new rules, including those who are too young to be vaccinated and those who have health problems that make injections unsafe for them .
About 54% of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and some people have started receiving booster shots.
The new requirement for those seeking permanent residence in the United States conforms to President Biden's new vaccines mandates for federal workers and contractors. The Pentagon has announced that active -service military personnel must also be vaccinated.
Mr. Biden has rescinded several Trump-era immigration rules , including an immigration ban that Donald J. Trump put in place at the start of the pandemic.