Latin Americans who can afford a trip to the U.S. are being vaccinated while visiting the country.
According to Folha de S.Paulo, Venezuelans, Mexicans, and Colombians are taking this route. In the case of Brazilians, who cannot enter the U.S., it is necessary to spend at least 15 days in Mexico before going further North. Travel agencies promoting this type of tour package are also multiplying.
An unexpected consequence of the slow immunization process against COVID-19 in the region and also of the advanced campaign in the U.S., where more than 53% of the population has already received at least one dose of the vaccine, a percentage only surpassed by Israel and the UK.
President Joe Biden originally promised to administer 100 million doses by his 100th day in office and later raised that goal to 200 million doses. The U.S. met that goal on April 22, a week before the deadline. After the growth of this kind of “vaccine tourism,” some states have said they will limit immunization to residents. Others, like Florida, however, have argued that, as they have many temporary residents, mostly elderly people, they “cannot limit vaccines” to people who do not live there all year.