La Jornada – Seeks Consular Network that nationals have access to Covid vaccine in the US

Mexico City. The Consular Network of Mexico in North America, particularly in the United States, has approached the health authorities of those countries so that the Covid-19 vaccine is applied to Mexicans living in these territories, regardless of their condition. migratory.

This was reported this afternoon at a press conference by the director for North America of the Foreign Ministry, Roberto Velasco, and the head of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), Luis Gutiérrez.

Gutiérrez asserted that 18 consulates located in eight entities of the United States (Texas, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New York, Utah, Arkansas and Indiana) have already agreed with the local authorities that nationals receive the antidote, according to the vaccination program, which is of universal application as determined by the health organs of this country.

“They will not be asked to have their immigration status regularized, and in many places where they ask for official identification, the passport or consular number will be valid,” the official explained.

He added that the health windows of the 50 consulates in the United States provide guidance to Mexicans on the requirements to be vaccinated in their cities and the application phases in them.

Velasco for his part pointed out that it is not only a human rights commitment, but an agreement contemplated in the T-MEC, aimed in particular at workers.

He added that the consulates are also working so that the vaccine is made available to Mexicans detained in immigration centers or penitentiaries; essential workers, hospitalized people, indigenous people and the elderly.

He indicated that when in doubt, nationals in that country can call their nearest consulate or the Center for Information and Assistance to Mexicans at number 520 623 7874.

In the morning, within the framework of the conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, said that in the T-MEC there are provisions that safeguard the working conditions of workers, regardless that they are not from the country.

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