WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 vaccine requirement for foreign nationals in Canada is likely to be eliminated by the end of September, the Associated Press reported, citing an official close to the matter who was not authorized to speak about it.
That change could affect travelers such as unvaccinated Major League Baseball players, who could travel to Toronto if the Blue Jays play in the postseason.
Whether a similar requirement for the United States will also end this month is not known, the AP said.
Even unvaccinated travelers who are sometimes allowed to enter Canada must take mandatory arrival tests and quarantine for 14 days. The government also requires random COVID-19 testing at airports and using the ArriveCan app to fill out other information. If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs off, those restrictions are also likely to go, the AP reported.
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The vaccine requirement should have ended long ago, said Andrew Morris, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, as well as a professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. "Zero benefit to ensure people vaccinated. It doesn't keep cases nor variants out," Morris told the AP.