California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, is preparing for the holiday season by introducing government legislation restricting domestic travel.
Senator Feinstein tweeted, “We can’t allow upcoming holiday air travel to contribute to another surge in COVID cases. Today I introduced legislation requiring passengers on domestic flights to be vaccinated, test negative or be fully recovered from a previous COVID illness.” The bill is supported by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Public Health Association [KUSI Newsroom].
Under the U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, the secretary of Health and Human Services and the Federal Aviation Administration would be required to develop national vaccination standards and procedures for air travel.
It would also require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to make recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine use in health care settings and among health care personnel in other settings [CBS News].
At least one state, Hawaii, requires vaccines or a negative COVID-19 test for domestic airline travelers. American Airlines has an app for people traveling to Hawaii or internationally to upload the necessary documents.
United Airlines was the first U.S. carrier to require vaccinations for all domestic employees. The company recently announced nearly 600 employees were being “separated from the company” for not complying. Delta is also requiring employees to get vaccinated. Starting September 12, any employee who had not gotten vaccinated was required to take a COVID test each week [Reuters].
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