Following our binational region’s leadership, Texas donated 50,000 doses of the J&J vaccine to their Mexican neighbors. The cross-border vaccination program will first cover manufacturing workers in Ciudad Juarez. Our local cross-border vaccination program was a success thanks to the leadership of the Mexican Consulate, San Diego County, and UCSD Health. Over 26,000 workers of US-owned assembly plants in Tijuana received the vaccine at a facility within the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry.
In addition, the distribution of 1.35 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine previously donated by the U.S. to Mexico came to an end having immunized individuals aged 18 – 39 in border communities. The Mexican federal government reported that 16 vaccination centers with 306 substations were installed across Baja. Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard assured that vaccination rates in Tijuana are now comparable to San Diego and urged the U.S. federal government to lift travel restrictions impacting land ports of entry at least taking into consideration immunized regions.