On May 1, 2021, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, celebrated the event: 103.4 million americans over 16 years (31.2% of the population) are already fully vaccinated against him covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported that 146.2 million people (44% of the population) have received at least one dose.
The Bell to face the pandemic has led to a new tourism in the North American country. Many people have traveled to this nation to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
And it is that at least 21 states currently do not ask for residence that you live in USA, a situation that many people from other parts of the world have taken advantage of to travel to get vaccinated.
However, in states like Florida New health guidelines were issued in an attempt to reduce ‘vaccine tourism’. As of January 21, 2021, they are now required to be administered only to permanent or temporary residents.
The general director of Health of the state, Scott Rivkees, signed a public health notice in which it prioritizes Florida residents for vaccines, days after Governor Ron DeSantis said publicly that vaccines should be reserved for those who reside full or part time in the Sunshine State.
“We are only applying (vaccines) for the Florida residentsDeSantis said. “You must live here full time or at least part time,” he added.
DeSantis made a distinction between those who live in Florida during the winter months (known as snowbirds) and those who go simply to try to receive the vaccine.
“Now we have residents part-time who are here all winter, “he said. “They go to doctors here or whatever is fine. What we don’t want are the tourists, the foreign. We want to put older people first, but obviously we want to put people who live here first in line, ”he said.
The change came after it was reported in the news that some non-Floridians, including people who have a second home on Florida and several wealthy Argentines had traveled to the state to get vaccinated.
On April 27 the city of North Miami Beach apologized for the “confusion” created by a statement from its mayor, Anthony F. DeFillipo, inviting foreign tourists to get vaccinated against covid-19 there and recalled that, according to Florida state regulations, only residents can get vaccinated.
In a statement, the Mayor’s Office addressed the uproar caused by DeFillipo’s statements in an interview on Facebook and the mayor himself specified them in statements to local media.
In the midst of the controversy, as found Univision, some tourists came on April 26 until the North Miami Beach Mayor’s Office, as did a couple of Ecuadorians, with the intention of receiving the vaccines offered by DeFillipo, but they were told that they could not vaccinate them.
The mayor of North Miami Beach assures that they have administered thousands of vaccines of the #coronavirus international tourists and says he has asked several consulates to notify their citizens that they can come to get vaccinated. https://t.co/a2JRby4MR6
— Univision Atlanta (@univision34ATL) April 25, 2021
Since the vaccines are available “there has been a lot of confusion about eligibility and residency requirements both here at Florida as in other states, “the Mayor’s Office said in a statement.
After the controversy over the so-called ‘vaccine tourism ‘, which erupted in January as a result of Argentine tourists posting videos of the center of Miami where the dose was applied, the state of Florida put as a requirement to be vaccinated the presentation of documents that certify that you reside in this southern territory of EE.UU.
Despite the requirement, many Latin Americans arrive daily at Florida to get vaccinated and they do so by presenting bank statements from a local bank or property deeds.
Florida had allowed anyone 65 years of age or older to be vaccinated regardless of their place of residence home. That made it one of the first states to open up to that age group.
On the contrary, many other states of USA have requirements linked to the home and they ask people to bring identification, mail, or rental vouchers to prove it.
Several states have also moved closer to the recommended phase 1b guidelines of the CDC vaccine committee what do they say vaccines must go to adults 75 years and older already workers top-of-the-line essentials.
Naturally, those desperate for the vaccine, who can travel and are lucky enough to get an appointment to get vaccinated on complicated websites or through hotlines, have moved to get them, according to CNN reports.
Similar vaccination cases have also been observed in large metropolitan areas that cross the borders of some states. Similar interstate vaccines have been observed in major metropolitan areas that cross borders.
New York City it has vaccinated healthcare workers or other essential workers such as teachers or firefighters who work in the city but live outside the five boroughs. According to data from New York City, approximately 73% of those who have been vaccinated in New York live in the city, 15% live in another part of New York State, and the rest live in New Jersey, Connecticut or another state, or did not provide your residency information.
Interviewed by CNN, William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University, said he recognized that a New Yorker might be frustrated seeing a traveler from New Jersey cross state lines to get vaccinated.
However, as long as vaccines are used rather than intact, it is not a problem from a public health perspective.
“Instead of ‘it’s my vaccine, not yours,’ the vaccine put into arms is what we want,” he said.
The ultimate goal is to vaccinate enough Americans to reach the immunity herd. This is generally estimated to be around 70% to 80% of the population.
Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine expert and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor School of Medicine, told CNN he did not see the vaccine tourism as a moral problem, but emphasized that traveling during the pandemic has its own risks.
States that do not request residency
Currently of the 50 states in USA Y District of Columbia, only 21 do not ask proof of residence in the North American country. These are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.
In total in USA More than 230 million doses of some of the available vaccines have been administered so far: those from Moderna and Pfizer, which require two injections, and the single-dose one from Johnson & Johnson, according to CDC data.
In the last week, the daily average of doses administered was 2.6 million, which is expected to fulfill Joe Biden’s promise to have enough vaccines available to all Americans at the end of May.
Fully vaccinated people can thus comply with the new guidelines set by the CDC, said Jeff Zients, coordinator of the response against the covid-19 from White House, at a press conference, “and enjoy time in the park with his family, having dinner and socializing with his friends outside without the need to wear a mask.”
Although the number of daily infections has decreased in recent weeks, USA It continues to be the country most affected in the world by the covid-19 pandemic, with more than 575,000 deaths and 32 million confirmed cases.
How to get vaccinated in each state?
– New Hampshire
– New Jersey
– New México
– New York
– North Carolina
– North Dakota
– Rhode Island
– South Carolina
– South Dakota
– Washington D.C
– West Virginia