Effective October 1, 2021, applicants for permanent residence in the United States will be required to prove that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

This as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has added the Covid-19 vaccine to their list of required vaccinations to be eligible for permanent residence.

People filing for an adjustment of status in the United States and those making their applications at a local consulate or embassy will be required to be fully vaccinated as part of the medical screening.

Only applicants who are age-eligible and deemed medically appropriate to receive the Covid-19 vaccine will be held to the new requirement.

Wayne Walker has more in this report

The disclosure about the new vaccine policy in the United State was made by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Jamaica, Scott Feekin while speaking on At Your Service on Nationwide 90FM with Vernon Derby.

Mr. Scott is urging applicants to double-check their vaccination schedule to ensure they get the jab before their expected medical exam.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if an applicant does not have proof of having received the required vaccines, the law states that it must be given at the time of the medical exam.

The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission also says while they await the final measures, he has so far been advised that applicants would need to provide their vaccination cards provided by the Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, Mr. Scott has advised that persons going on vacation or business in the United States will not be required at this time to show proof of full vaccination.