Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday that the Biden administration is taking “a close look” at requiring Americans to have a COVID-19 vaccine passport for international travel.
But hours later his spokesman walked back the comments, saying in a statement there will be “no federal mandate” regarding vaccination passports.
The confusion began when Mayorkas was asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” if the federal government will make travelers show proof of inoculation before leaving the US or returning to the country this summer.
“We’re taking a very close look at that,” said Mayorkas, who also oversees the Transportation Security Administration.
“You know, one of our principles that has guided us throughout this pandemic is the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised,” he said. “And so we’re taking a very close look.”
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