It’s greater than an open secret; it’s the principle subject of dialog on instant-messaging discussion groups – a minimum of among the many residents of San Pedro Garza García, the wealthiest metropolis in Mexico and Latin America. These residents are spending their days asking for and sharing details about the place they will get vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 in the US. Most of them are over the age of 60, which means they’re weak to the virus, however not all of them. In San Pedro Garza García, everybody appears to know somebody who has been vaccinated in a metropolis in Texas or Florida.
The state of affairs is the product of a mixture of desperation, urgency and wealth. The town is positioned within the state of Monterrey simply 250 kilometers from the US border, and is the headquarters and birthplace of a number of the largest corporations in Mexico, akin to Cemex, the third-largest cemetery producer on the planet, and the multinational conglomerate Alfa. In San Pedro Garza García, 1000’s of individuals have the financial means to pay for the coronavirus take a look at required to enter the US, the price of the journey, staying at a lodge and renting a automobile to line up exterior an open vaccination website. And that’s precisely what they’re doing.
One such case is Mauricio Fernández, the previous mayor of San Pedro Garza García. The 70-year-old, who can be an ex-senator and holds inventory in a number of the giant corporations within the metropolis, shared on social media that he was in a position to get vaccinated in Los Fresnos in Texas, whereas touring with buddies to a seashore within the US state. By consulting the web sites of counties and close by cities in Texas, Fernández and his buddies discovered that vaccines had been accessible. Some locations required folks to register in line, others to gather a voucher in individual with the date of the following accessible vaccination. However in some instances, you would strive your luck simply by ready exterior a delegated vaccination website.
“They only instructed you that these within the line who had been older than 65 had been going to get vaccinated,” explains Fernández by cellphone from San Pedro Garza García. Fernández used his Mexican passport as ID and was vaccinated. “It’s very beneficiant that the People might embody everybody who was within the line, undocumented migrants, Mexicans, whoever. They weren’t saying ‘this individual sure and this individual no,’” he provides.
The circulation of international nationals getting vaccinated in Texas is so nice that residents within the state – who’re nonetheless ready their flip – are beginning to get annoyed. However Marc Increase, the CEO of Houston Methodist, a neighborhood hospital system within the Texan metropolis, stated it isn’t a serious drawback. Chatting with the KPRC 2 tv station, he defined: “If a couple of have fallen by way of the cracks, that’s hardly the biggest concern that we’re coping with.” The media additionally raised the problem with the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, who responded in a video message to the Channel 5 Information, on the KRGV TV community, by saying: “Texas vaccines are for Texas residents.”
San Pedro Garza García has a really shut relationship with the US, specifically with Texas, says Miguel Treviño, the present mayor of the town. “We aren’t solely geographically related, but in addition culturally and thru household and friendships,” he explains. “It’s a municipality the place there may be even numerous folks with US nationality or residency. So all these hyperlinks that kind a part of the neighborhood open up the opportunity of getting vaccinated in Texas, which has certainly occurred.”
They only instructed you that these within the line who had been older than 65 had been going to get vaccinated
Mauricio Fernández, former mayor of San Pedro Garza García
It’s a luxurious that few in Mexico can afford. In San Pedro Garza García, the gross home product (GDP) per capita is $50,935 (€42,688), and in accordance with a 2020 report by US credit score rankings company Fitch Scores, it has the best revenue of all Latin American cities. It was right here that the primary instances of the coronavirus in Mexico had been reported. Residents from San Pedro Garza García had traveled to Colorado on a ski journey, and returned with the virus, which was why Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s undersecretariat of well being, stated in June that the illness “was imported by social teams with excessive financial, monetary capability, the wealthiest social teams within the nation.”
Fernández says that the town’s residents need to get vaccinated within the US out of necessity. The vaccination drive from the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is being rolled out slowly as a consequence of supply delays of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. What’s extra, the marketing campaign has been criticized for not being clear about who was to obtain the vaccine first. In a controversial transfer, López Obrador stated that the “nation’s servants” – a gaggle of round 30,000 individuals who promote the federal government’s social applications – ought to obtain the primary doses, on condition that they might be collaborating within the vaccination drive in distant websites in Mexico.
The Mexican authorities launched a webpage this week to permit over-65s to register for the vaccine, despite the fact that the nation doesn’t but have the doses to vaccinate this group. However the webpage itself is having issues, with customers receiving error messages after they attempt to entry it. “What I’m seeing right here is that they don’t give a shit, nobody has the wits to resolve this drawback, neither on a neighborhood or nationwide stage,” says Fernández, who hopes to be elected mayor this yr.
Treviño, in the meantime, says that among the many residents of San Pedro Garza García “there’s a little little bit of desperation with respect to the shortage of group and readability that they’re seeing from the federal authorities. On the one hand, that is one thing we perceive, however we as a municipality must coordinate [with authorities], above all we now have to acknowledge that the authorities in terms of well being are the Mexican authorities and the state.”
English model by Melissa Kitson.