Canadians with mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines need not fret any longer.
Last Friday, the US confirmed that they will accept travellers with mixed COVID-19 vaccines come November 8th — when the border between our southern neighbours opens to non-essential travel.
Individuals who have received any combination of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be considered fully-vaccinated.
Health Canada’s approved vaccines, both the mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer and the viral-vector based vaccine, AstraZeneca, are WHO approved.
The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has not accepted mixing vaccines, but regulations have honoured the approach that many countries, like Canada, have taken.
There are nearly four million fully vaccinated Canadians who have received two different kinds of the vaccines.
Things to know before travelling
Come November 8th, air travellers will still be required to show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and departure, but non-essential travellers who are travelling by land will not be required to show a negative COVID-19 test.
When returning to Canada, all non-essential land and air travellers must show proof of a negative molecular test.
The federal government said Canadians can take their test in Canada, travel to the US and then use that test to return, as long as it’s less than 72 hours old.
By January, essential travellers crossing at a land border will also be required to be fully vaccinated.