Mexico is sending some minors to the United States to get a vaccine against the Corona virus
San Diego Dozens of Mexican teens were flown to California on Thursday to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as efforts are underway across Mexico to get teenage shots in the arms.
Mexico has resisted vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds, in part because the government has focused on the elderly, who are believed to be most at risk. Mexico also did not have an adequate supply of the vaccine for most minors, who make up a third of its population. This month, the country is preparing to start vaccinating only teens aged 15-17.
So a group in San Diego intervened with San Diego County to help their neighbour.
The pilot program in San Diego aims to shoot in the arms of 450 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 before it ends in late December. Teens from Tijuana were selected by Mexican social service organizations, including those who work with children of parents deported from the United States.
About 150 Tijuana children were taken to the Mexican consulate in San Diego on Thursday where county nurses administered the Pfizer vaccine.
Among them was 14-year-old Leslie Flores who said she was nervous but also happy to get the shot.
“Because that way I can protect myself and my family,” Leslie said.
The county donated the doses. Teens will be back in about three weeks for a second shot.
Mexican Consul Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez said all the teens had a US visa or passport, but they could not come to the US before now to get the vaccine because they did not have an adult able to cross the border with them. in San Diego.
Adrian Medina Amarias, Baja California’s health minister, praised the efforts.
“Baja California is experiencing a third wave” of infections, he said. “There is no doubt that this will help.”
The program will be evaluated in early 2022 and officials will then decide if it should continue.
Hundreds of parents in Mexico have taken legal action against the Mexican government to claim the right to administer the vaccine to their children. Overall, about 84% of the adult population in Mexico has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The effort comes less than two weeks after the United States fully reopened its border, and Mexican officials see it as another step toward ensuring that the border remains that way. Cross-border businesses have been hit by the 18-month closure to tourists and shoppers.
About 80% of the adult population in both San Diego and Baja California counties has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The first mass vaccination of Mexican minors occurred last month along the Texas border when more than 1,000 children from the state of Coahuila on the Mexican border were flown to Eagle Pass, where they received their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine administered by members of the Texas National Guard. . Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are the children of workers in the frontier assembly plants known as maquiladoras.
In May and early June, more than 26,000 Baja California assembly workers were vaccinated at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego.
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