White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed during a press briefing Friday that many employees would be required to get the coronavirus vaccine but that people in federal custody at the U.S.-Mexico border would not be required, nor be able, to get it.
- “But it’s a requirement for people at a business with more than 100 people, but it’s not a requirement for migrants at the southern border. Why?” a reporter asked.
- “That’s correct,” Psaki said before immediately moving to a different reporter.
- Although there have been reports that the Biden administration is preparing to offer coronavirus vaccines to migrants in custody at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that oversees Border Patrol operations, does not have plans to vaccinate migrants in its custody, two people familiar with the situation told the Washington Examiner.
- A spokesperson for a U.S. representative whose district is on the border told the Washington Examiner Friday afternoon that CBP has not administered any vaccines.