The travel industry is capitalizing on people coming to the US to get COVID-19 vaccines
- Thousands of tourists are coming to the US to get COVID-19 shots, the Wall Street Journal reported.
travelis mainly between Mexico and states like Texas and Florida.
- Mexican airlines have increased the frequency of flights between Mexico and South Texas.
Tourists are heading to the US for COVID-19
Virginia Gónzalez and her husband flew from Mexico to Texas and then got on a bus to a vaccination site, twice, to get both doses of the vaccine. They traveled 1,400 miles altogether to get the shots."It's a matter of survival," Gónzalez said. "In Mexico, officials didn't buy enough vaccines. It's like they don't care about their citizens."
Mexico has fully vaccinated 6% of its population, as only those over 60 are eligible for a dose at this time, the Journal reported. They also reported that some travel agencies are advertising vaccines as part of their packages."Enjoy Dallas, Includes Covid Vaccine," one Mexico travel agency ad said, according to the Journal. Mexican airlines have also increased the frequency of flights between the country and South Texas. Another Thai tour group is also advertising a vaccine package to California. A Thai travel agent told the Journal that her company had already booked 200 people on a vaccine tour to the US. Each tourist paid $2,400, excluding airfare, for a 10-day trip to California that included a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Journal reported that vaccine tourism, specifically the travel from Mexico, is helping revive the economy in several Texas cities as visitors who book hotels shop locally and visit attractions while they're there.
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