NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Local lawmakers are pushing President Biden to extend his administration’s vaccination mandate to air travel.
CBS2’s Thalia Perez has more on an effort to get the proposal off the ground.
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“From July 24 to September 9, the vaccination rate in the United States grew by only 4%,” the U.S. rep. Ritchie Torres.
Torres and New York City Councilman Mark Levine are pushing to mandate COVID vaccines for air travelers.
“It’s a very small inconvenience to ask people to flash an app or a vaccine card when they get on a flight,” Levine said. “It’s such a sensible policy.”
Both lawmakers are urging the president to act quickly as concerns grow over the proliferation of the Delta variant.
Officials say a mandate for air travel vaccine is the missing link and will benefit New York, especially since it is so densely populated.
“It should be mandatory, and then people would quickly be back to normal,” Marzana Garda said.
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Some disagree, saying that a mandate is not a solution. They are concerned that having to show proof before boarding will result in longer security lines at airports.
Others said it’s just better to stay home during the pandemic.
“It’s just more hassle, and people are just completely crazy right now, and it just does not seem worth the effort. So I just try not to travel, ”said Megan Doss of Queens.
Canada is one of the countries that announced new policies that require travelers to be fully vaccinated.
“They should not be allowed to fly if they are not vaccinated because they put other people at risk,” said Karen Venner, who has been vaccinated and took a COVID test before her flight to Italy.
It is unclear whether President Biden supports a travel vaccine mandate, but Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s a good idea.
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CBS2’s Thalia Perez contributed to this report.