Border COVID-19 vaccination strategy with U.S.-donated shots commences

Jamie Linger

Baja California has commenced administering a lot more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson single pictures donated to Mexico by the U.S. as element of a tactic that could direct to the reopening of the border. This border point out turned the initial in Mexico to open up COVID-19 vaccination […]

Baja California has commenced administering a lot more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson single pictures donated to Mexico by the U.S. as element of a tactic that could direct to the reopening of the border.

This border point out turned the initial in Mexico to open up COVID-19 vaccination to people today 18 a long time and in excess of and is on its way to also grow to be the 1st to reach herd immunity, in accordance to Baja California’s secretary of wellness, Alonso Perez Rico.

On Thursday, the initially day of this vaccination section, much more than 196,000 individuals were being vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson doses in Baja California. “That’s a historic document for our state,” Perez Rico claimed.

This vaccination strategy is regarded as key to reopening the U.S.-Mexico land border crossing, which has been closed to nonessential vacation since March 2020.

“We want to vaccinate the population of the 39 municipalities along the northern border so that the border can be opened as soon as doable. That is the objective,” reported Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the duration of his every day press conference Thursday.

Mexican Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who fulfilled this 7 days with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Safety Alejandro N. Mayorkas, stated the aim is to speed up vaccination “to attain normality as quickly as attainable.”

“Secretary [Mayorkas] famous that facilitating trade, tourism and vacation is his precedence. We concur,” Ebrard tweeted.

This shipment of 1.3 million vaccines was specified fully for Baja California by conclusion of the Mexican govt.

“We are the pilot condition,” Perez Rico defined. “We are seeing if it is possible in a quickly, successful and expedited way to vaccinate the total inhabitants, and we have been supplied the chance.”

After the vaccinations are finished in Baja California, the system will continue on in the border municipalities in the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, López Obrador claimed.

Buses transported employees from maquiladora firms to be vaccinated Thursday at the vaccination middle at the Autonomous College of Baja California.

(Alexandra Mendoza / San Diego Union-Tribune)

1000’s of folks in Tijuana lined up Thursday starting off early to be the very first to get a shot. Some even introduced blankets to commit the night time in line.

Several had been ready for their flip for the COVID-19 vaccine for so lengthy that they did not thoughts ready a few additional hrs.

The news stunned some, these types of as Sebastián Gandon, who acknowledged he did not count on to get the vaccine this shortly.

“I assumed they had been [not] likely to vaccinate us until eventually upcoming calendar year,” reported the 18-year-old college student, who was vaccinated at the Autonomous College of Baja California. “Now I feel safer, with much less worry of getting COVID.”

A nurse gives a woman a shot while other people stand in line behind her outside near a bus

A nurse at get the job done at the vaccination heart Thursday at the Autonomous College of Baja California.

(Alexandra Mendoza / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Many maquiladora firms bused employees to vaccination factors.

Brayan Padilla, 33, stated he was thrilled to ultimately obtain the immunization. A couple months back, he lost his mother and aunt to COVID-19. “Right now, getting the vaccinate is anything that motivates us, especially for our family members.”

Wellness authorities anticipate that some suitable men and women in Baja will pick out not to be vaccinated. Also some with dual citizenship or authorized permanent residency have by now been vaccinated in the U.S.

Baja California seeks to entire the vaccination stage with Johnson & Johnson vaccines upcoming week.

As of Friday, 25% of the eligible populace has been entirely vaccinated in Baja. Officials stated they hope the figures will preserve rising in the approaching days.

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