Probably about 53,000 doses have been administered to non-residents in border counties
Mexico City- Andrés Moreno (Andrés Moreno) went to the United States in March for the purpose of using the Covid-19 vaccine.
He is Mexican and suffers from asthma, and because he is 31 years old, he is unlikely to be vaccinated in Mexico this year because of the slow pace of government plans.
His itinerary included flying to Dallas and renting a car to a hospital in Texarkana, Texas. After answering a questionnaire, he received the first dose of medicine from Pfizer.
For the second dose, he only needs to go to Dallas, where he can get the vaccine even without an appointment.
This is not the only situation.
According to estimates by the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) in the southern border counties of the United States, at least a quarter of the people receiving the Covid-19 vaccination are tourists, mainly Mexicans, who receive the drug while traveling. of.
The center is part of the Incarnation World University (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas, and the center said non-residents of these counties may have taken about 53,000 doses.
David G. Vequist, the founder and researcher of CMTR, said: “Statistics indicate that there may be thousands of Mexican or other Hispanic immigrants coming to the United States for tourism.
He explained that at the beginning of the vaccination process, many health departments, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices in the United States required that the person receiving the vaccination must be a county resident.
“But in most cases, even if there is no evidence that they are from the county, they are being vaccinated. Therefore, immigrants or medical tourists are likely not to be turned away.
He added: “Private companies, such as pharmacies, began to provide this dose on January 8 this year. By March 29, the number of pharmacies and other alternative providers in the United States has doubled.”
According to data from the Federal Civil Aviation Administration, there were 2,628,000 passengers flying between the two countries in January and February.
CMTR does not have an estimate of the economic spillover caused by people who travel to the United States to buy vaccines.
However, tourists who come to the country for surgery spend 7 to 14 days, spend about US$1,507 on accommodation, US$961 on food and beverages, and US$498 on travel.
G Vequist said: “The daytime vaccinated tourist may only spend US$150 in a hotel (if he stays overnight), US$96 on food, and US$49 on travel.”
Andres spent about 30,000 pesos on the trip, including air tickets, accommodation, car rental and other items.
The founder of CMTR said that because the vaccine is distributed free of charge in the United States, the problem faced by people traveling for this reason is the availability of dosage.