Immigrants, covid, masks

In this file photo, immigrants recite the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become new US citizens on Feb. 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

(Meredith) -- The United States will soon require new immigrants to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday.

Beginning Oct. 1, most people applying to become permanent U.S. residents must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series and provide proof of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completing the routine immigration medical examination. 

Applicants must undergo the exam "to show they are free from any conditions that would render them inadmissible under the health-related grounds," the USCIS said in a news release. 

The U.S. already requires several other vaccinations for applicants, including measles, rubella, polio, seasonal influenza, and hepatitis A and B, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Some people may be exempt from the new requirement if they are too young to be vaccinated or have certain medical conditions. Individuals can also apply for waivers based on religious beliefs or "moral convictions." 

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