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H.R. 4980 (117th): To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes.

About the bill

Leaving on a jet plane… don’t know if I’ll be vaxxed again…


In August, New York City became the first U.S. city to mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor activities including eating at restaurants, exercising at gyms, and attending performances including Broadway and Brooklyn Nets games. For two-dose vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, people must have proof that they’ve received at least one dose.

Subsequently, other major cities including San Francisco and New Orleans followed suit.

Congress can’t implement a nationwide vaccine mandate for such venues, since that’s a power left up to state and local governments. But Congress can regulate interstate commerce, and one of the most prominent examples of interstate commerce is air travel. In August, Canada began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for …

Sponsor and status

Ritchie Torres

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 15th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Aug 6, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 6, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)



Aug 6, 2021

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H.R. 4980 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4980. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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