Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario residents who mixed COVID-19 vaccines will be able to enter U.S., says CDC

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Published October 15, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Canadians who received doses of two or more different COVID-19 vaccines will be able to enter the United States when it reopens its land borders next month, just like anyone else who is fully vaxxed.

Millions of Canadians have mixed their doses, with many in their 40s and 50s received Oxford AstraZeneca for their first jab before its use was discontinued in the country. AstraZeneca was never approved for use in the U.S. by its Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been approved of by the World Health Organiazation (WHO). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend mixing doses.

However, on Friday the CDC stated that it will accommodate foreign visitors who have done so, acknowleding it is “increasingly common” outside of the United States .

“Today CDC added language to our fully vaccinated guidance about the interpretation of vaccine records, including which vaccinations and what type will be accepted to be considered fully vaccinated,” said a statement from the disease control agency that appeared in several media reports.

“It confirmed that individuals who have any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series are considered fully vaccinated. While CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a primary series, we recognize that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records.”

The Biden Administration is supposed to begin lifting travel restrictions around Nov. 8.

News of the land border reopening broke on Wednesday (Oct. 13). It was not clear whether Canadians who had different doses, particularly AstraZeneca, would be included among eligible travellers by land.

Canada reopened land borders to fully vaxxed Americans on Aug. 9, but requires proof a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the crossing.

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