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Vaccine Tourism Is Now A Thing With People Traveling Just To Get The Shot
It’s common for people to travel state-to-state or even internationally to receive medical treatments. As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out nationwide and worldwide, vaccine tourism is booming as people head to other places to skip the “lines.”
The vaccine is being rolled out to the elderly as well as healthcare workers, leaving many to wonder when they will get the chance to be vaccinated.
What is vaccine tourism? It’s the act of visiting another country or state to get a vaccine that is not currently available to you. As some states have a slow roll-out, a priority list filled with restrictions, and some countries where the vaccine is not available at all— people are traveling to ensure they are first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Florida, is one of the first states to see vaccine tourism in action. Initially, the shots were only being given to those 65 and over. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper, people flew in from other states and even other countries such as Argentina and Canada to receive their vaccination.
The governor of Florida implemented additional restrictions including proof of being a full-time or part-time resident before receiving the vaccine.
Other parts of the world have also seen a rise, however government officials have started cracking down and adding additional requirements as the vaccine becomes more in demand.
Would you travel to get your vaccine a little early?