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Cross-border vaccination begins for minors children of maquiladora workers.

The governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca participated this Monday in the start of this initiative in which Index Reynosa, Hidalgo County and the City of McAllen, Texas collaborate.



November 15 of the 2021

Reynosa, Tamaulipas.- In order to prevent infections by Covid-19, strengthen vaccination schemes between border communities and facilitate trade, the cross-border vaccination of minors, children of workers in the maquiladora sector, began on Monday as part of the second stage of the Economic Initiative for Essential Commerce promoted by Index Reynosa, Hidalgo County and its Department of Health, the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen and local and federal authorities in South Texas.

The governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca participated in Reynosa in the starting flag of the units that will transport 500 minors between 5 to 17 years of age daily to the United States to receive the vaccine against Covid-19, until reaching a goal of 40 thousand immunized children and young people, children of workers in the maquiladora sector.

“There is a high possibility that a fourth wave will arrive, which can have quite strong consequences. The fact that 40 boys and girls can be vaccinated here on the border will somehow depressurize this situation. It is a very clear gesture of support because we are not only partners, we are allies, we are friends, we are neighbors and family. My recognition and gratitude to the authorities involved, to INDEX Reynosa, who has played a fundamental role in making this possible, ”said the Governor of Tamaulipas.

It is estimated that at least 40 minors between the ages of 5 and 17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine, and it will not be necessary for the minors, or their parents, to have a visa to cross the border to receive the vaccine.

Currently there are 155 manufacturing companies operating on this border that employ more than 142 thousand people. Around 80 percent of the companies adhering to INDEX Reynosa are of United States origin.

“Reynosa's maquiladora industry has socially responsible companies. We have already vaccinated 6 people thanks to the support of the County of Hidalgo and now the vaccine is for those from 600 to 5 years old. We are going to vaccinate 17 children daily for a total of 500 to give that support to the workers of our companies and prevent the pandemic from continuing to spread, ”Humberto Martínez Cantú explained at a press conference.

For his part, the mayor of McAllen, Texas, Javier Villalobos, said: “This is an effort in which all together we can win the fight. What affects McAllen affects Tamaulipas and vice versa. We are united, we are family, friends, we are here to help each other ”.

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