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Opinion | Pleas From Overseas: Seeking a Vaccine, and Entry Into the U.S.

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To the Editor:

While many in the United States are choosing to reject or defer vaccination, U.S. citizens living overseas are desperately waiting to be included in President Biden’s promise to vaccinate all Americans. We need no special inducements. Many Americans live in countries where infections are rapidly escalating and no F.D.A.-approved vaccines are available, or where local governments prioritize their own citizens.

My husband, now 86, has underlying health conditions. Following a recent accident he can hardly walk. Flying to the United States for vaccination is not an option, even if the cost were not already prohibitive for a retiree living on Social Security.

As has already been done for State Department staff and dependents, I urge the Biden administration to quickly make F.D.A.-approved vaccines available to all Americans overseas. We remain subject to the U.S. tax code and we vote in federal elections, but are excluded from the protection offered Americans at home. We don’t deserve to be forgotten.

Loran Davidson
Huay Yai, Thailand
The writer is chair of the Pattaya chapter of Democrats Abroad Thailand.

To the Editor:

Given recent changes in the mitigation measures put in place to control Covid-19 transmission, like the easing of rules on masks, shouldn’t there also be changes in the border controls?

Most travel for non-U.S. citizens coming from Britain, where I am based, is barred, unless you are a diplomat or meet certain criteria for family members. I have not seen my 27-year-old son, who is living in California, for almost two years.

I have had two vaccinations already, reducing my ability to contract or spread the virus, but the United States is still treating me as high risk for entry, when I am much lower risk than many unvaccinated American citizens who are being allowed back.

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