Our immigration team recently published a LawFlash discussing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new policy under which all applicants for a green card must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This resource may be of interest to Health Law Scan readers, as this policy will impact green card applicants in the healthcare sector.
Under the new guidance, all green card applicants are required to provide the civil surgeon with evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to completion of the medical exam. Acceptable vaccinations include both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, both doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals are permitted to begin the medical exam process while completing the requisite 21/28-day vaccination schedule for the two-dose vaccines. However, the exam cannot be concluded, nor can the medical report be issued, until the civil surgeon has received confirmation that the vaccination schedule has been completed.
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