The White House confirmed on Thursday that as part of a plan to open borders for international travel, it may ask foreign travellers to the U.S. to be vaccinated.
White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients confirmed that an inter-agency working group is working on plans that will require some sort of mandatory vaccination for foreign travellers.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a separate conference that she was not sure whether the United States would ask for mandatory vaccination. She acknowledged that the United States has an inconsistent policy of entering the country because it banned residents of some countries with a small number of cases, and allowed for those from countries with a large number of infected.
The White House held talks with airlines and other companies on how to implement mandatory vaccinations.
Authorities must also consider what evidence of vaccination will be accepted and whether vaccines used in some states that are not approved in the United States will be recognized.
The United States currently bans the entry of most non-American citizens who have been to the United Kingdom, 26 members of the Schengen area, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil in the last 14 days.