Mexicans go to the US looking for a Covid jab
Terrified by the slow Covid-19 shots at home, middle-class Mexicans are increasingly traveling to the U.S. as any loose inoculation policies encourage vaccine tourism in some states.
“It’s known to get vaccinated in different places,” said researcher Julia Reyes, who asked her to get her first shot from Mexico to Dallas this week and not use her real name.
“They don’t ask for anything because it’s a policy. We want to vaccinate everyone here.”
Through WhatsApp groups or word of mouth, Mexicans who have the ability to travel with a hat drop are exchanging tips and packing planes, taking advantage of the fact that they approach countries with numerous vaccines and go unused in places where there are doses – including the state of Texas.
Try Las Vegas, some advise. Some hotels offer free nights to travelers to take their blows. Say you have a health condition like diabetes or hypertension, which is recommended by others if asked. If the 5 p.m. vaccines are exhausted, return the next day at 7 a.m .; you can show another driver’s license in Mexico.
“I had to become a vaccine detective,” a university professor said, and asked not to be identified. Eager not to sell in the queue, he traveled to the U.S. after being allowed vaccines against his age, with information he found by consulting websites daily.
“My decision is based on a very clear assessment of the Mexican vaccination process – people my age can spend months – they don’t even include all health workers,” he said.
Mexico has increased its distribution of vaccines, reaching a record nearly 554,000 doses this week, but Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has acknowledged that confidence in the shootings abroad has caused “delays and difficulties.”
Since it became the first country in Latin America to start vaccinating on Christmas Eve last year, Mexico has administered more than 13 million doses, mostly to primary care workers, those over 60 and some teachers. The government has stressed that everyone over the age of 60 will have at least one dose by the end of this month, and that vaccinations for teachers and those over the age of 50 will start soon.
On the contrary, USA, Who has delivered more than 200m shots, is opening up the right to insert quickly. All states have vaccinated anyone who is 16 years of age or older or have promised to do so soon. Texas alone have delivered more than 15m shots.
In some places supply exceeds demand, as gaps open up between the number of vaccines given and those administered, especially in the south.
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that several countries, especially in the southeast of the country, have used more than 30 percent of vaccines. In Texas, just over a quarter of distributed vaccines have not yet been used.
Part of the reason seems to be reluctance to get vaccinated, especially among rural Republicans. A survey of health groups conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has shown that this group is unlikely to be vaccinated.
Texas is one of those places where Mexicans who are afraid of a long wait are taking advantage of it. According to the KFF, there are no vaccine residence requirements in the state, along with 20 others.
“The plane that was here was packed,” Reyes said when he saw someone who had been vaccinated at Walmart. The Monterrey Football Club, known as Rayados, a football team based in northern Mexico, reportedly went en masse to Dallas to take the blow in recent days.
“They [the medical staff] “He continued to thank us for getting the vaccine,” said the teacher, who was shot at a huge vaccination center in another U.S. state, Utah.
Alicia, who was also asked not to give her real name by the other Mexican, said she signed “tons of accounts” before traveling to Texas. As soon as CVS pharmacies announced that the vaccines were open, he jumped.
Julien de Bellaigue, owner of a French restaurant in Mexico City, also went to Texas for his first shot this week. “In Mexico, if I had to wait my turn – I’m 40 – I’d be waiting until the spring of 2022. In France, in the fall, maybe I’ll be right, but I’m here. I see a lot of people all day because of my job and I go to sleep every day” I said I didn’t catch him “saying,” he said.
A friend of his said he also set up a business, charging people traveling to Mexico $ 180 to get vaccinated.
The Texas Department of Health said the state’s distribution program is “aimed at people who live in Texas, work there, or spend a significant amount of time there.”
Last week, officials said 99.4 percent of people in Texas were statewide, 0.56 percent out-of-state and 0.04 percent from another country. “The data shows that this is not the main problem,” the department said.
“The need for Mexicans to go to the U.S. is 100 percent, not for fun,” said Alicia, who is in a state of health that poses a high risk to Covidence. As a result, he was unable to take the vaccine virus vector, and was concerned that the BioNTech / Pfizer jab would not be available.
It is now fully embedded in both doses of Pfizer. He did not hesitate: “Some have said that we are abusing the US government, and it is true.”
Reyes said: “I think the policy is amazing – they really care and want everyone who passes through their country to get vaccinated, whether it’s illegal immigrants or tourists.”
The Mexican government has a political imperative to speed up its vaccination program: the midterm elections are in June and the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador he hopes to tighten Congress and push for the number of states governed by his party.
According to one final interrogation, 67% of Mexicans who had already been vaccinated or had a relative, accepted the president, 8 points higher than those who had not been inoculated.
In a calculated country Eight out of 10 deaths in Covide have been among those with little or no education, vaccine tourism distorts the gap between the rich and the poor.
“Unfortunately, Covide exacerbates the persistence of inequality,” said Jason Marcza, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Atlantic Council. “Elites can buy a plane ticket and shoot, but even more people who need it can’t stay home and can’t telework.”
Additional report by Justin Jacobs