(HealthDay News) — The Biden Administration announced on Monday that it will lift most federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates next week, as the pandemic public health emergency ends on May 11.

Mandates will be lifted for foreign travelers to the United States, Head Start educators, health care workers, and noncitizens at the US border. Mandates have already been lifted for Congress and the federal court system.

Vaccine mandates will continue for many National Institutes of Health employees, as well as those at the Indian Health Service and Department of Veterans Affairs. Those agencies have their own requirements and will review them, the White House said.

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Some employers, especially medical facilities, may choose to continue their own mandates, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha, MD, told The Associated Press.

More than 55.7 million updated COVID-19 booster vaccinations have been given in the US, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 104 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1.13 million COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the country since the pandemic began.

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