FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Central America, who had been beforehand expelled from the U.S. and despatched again to Mexico beneath Title 42, stroll throughout the Paso del Norte worldwide border bridge to proceed their asylum request in the US, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Picture
June 19, 2021
By Lizbeth Diaz
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Authorities within the Mexican border state of Baja California say they’ll embrace migrants within the new COVID-19 vaccination plan for border cities, which is geared toward accelerating the reopening of the shared land border with the US.
The state, which lies simply throughout from California, started vaccinating adults over the age of 18 this week as a part of a brand new mass vaccination push throughout northern Mexico, which depends on over 1,000,000 Johnson & Johnson doses donated by the US.
Baja California Well being Secretary Alonso Óscar Pérez instructed Reuters on Friday that the company has a plan to vaccinate migrants as a part of this new border vaccination initiative. He added that the company has allotted particular days for migrants, with out offering extra particulars.
Mexico is rolling out its border initiative first in Baja California, dwelling to one of many busiest land border crossings on the planet, then plans to maneuver west state-by-state till reaching Mexico’s jap seaboard.
The choice to incorporate migrants in Baja California might imply migrants will probably be included throughout Mexico’s border, the place hundreds of largely Central American migrants wait, usually for months, in hopes of having the ability to cross into the US.
Migrant advocates have been pushing the state for details about how this vaccination drive will embrace the estimated 4,000 migrants residing in Baja California, in accordance with information offered by native shelters.
Not less than 1,000 migrants are camped on the base of a global bridge within the metropolis of Tijuana.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)