Authorities in the Mexican state of Baja California announced Friday that they will include immigrants in the new border vaccination plan to speed up the opening of the border with the United States as much as possible.
The state, located across from California, began vaccinating adults over the age of 18 this week as part of a new impetus to the immunization campaign across the northern Mexican states. The project will be based on the unique Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as the US donated more than 1 million doses of the drug to Mexico.
The state health minister in Baha California, Alonso Oscar Peres, told Reuters yesterday that specific days would be set for the vaccination of immigrants, without going into further details.
The plan calls for vaccination to begin in Baja California, where border crossings are among the busiest in the world, and then move west, state to state, until it reaches the east coast.
The decision to include immigrants in the immunization campaign in Baja California probably means that the same will apply in all border states. Thousands of people, mostly from Central American countries, have flocked and are waiting in the hope that they will be able to cross into the United States, either legally, after their applications for asylum have been granted, or illegally.
Immigrant advocates are pushing for more information on the vaccination of some 4.000 immigrants in Baja California. About 1.000 have camped at the base of the international bridge in Tijuana.