Corona Vaccine and traveling to Mexico in 2021

 

Population till date: 129,689,445

Population to be vaccinated: 116 million

What vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and CanSinoBio

% of the population already vaccinated: 87,060 Key workers [First shot]

Inbound travelers vaccination proof:

Mexico is contemplating to follow the footprints of WHO & CDC guidelines on establishing a “digital Covid ‘vaccination passport’ or “international digital immunization certificate for COVID-19”

  • A negative COVID-19 test
  • Routine Vaccination: Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies

Inbound travelers quarantine: No quarantine regulations. However, in case of symptoms detection at airport screening, the visitors are asked to return or to be quarantined for 14 days [1]

Quarantine accommodation: State-approved Quarantine hotels

Introduction

Famous for its spellbound greenery and rich natural resources, Mexico is suddenly at the center of the world’s attention, as the country recently hit another record for COVID-19 cases on Friday 15, Jan 2021. Mexico recently recorded an extreme spike of 21,366 newly confirmed infections, which is exactly double the daily rate of increase just a week ago with 1,106 more deaths.

Simply put, the country is facing a sharp surge in corona cases that have put hospitals to their limits. At present, there are a total of 1,609,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 139,022 deaths in Mexico [2].

The country identified its first confirmed corona case in February 2020, and 2 reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 in mid-January 2020 in the states of Nayarit and Tabasco, as per the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

At present, the country has updated its nation’s four-tiered “traffic light” pandemic monitoring system for resident help.

Impact of Corona Pandemic on Tourism and the Travel industry

Known for its mesmerizing view, breathtaking beaches, alluring culture, and dynamic cities brimming, Mexico is renowned as one the best tourist places in the world with great tourist interests across the globe. Simply put, if not staple, tourism is not less than a prime donor with around 8.5 percent (From 2010 to 2018,) equivalent to 2.6 trillion international dollars [3] to elevate the overall country GDP growth to add more strength into it.

After the outbreak of the novel corona virus, these figures are drastically reordered and decreased to approximately 1.6 trillion Mexican pesos in 2020 and later is expected to drain more up to 245 billion Mexican pesos in the preceding year resulting in more country loss as per the recent tourism stats released by the country’s officials.

Roll out a vaccination program

With a laissez-faire approach, Mexico was the first Latin American country to roll out a vaccine program for COVID-19. Mexico began inoculating vital care workers on December 24 using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 87,060 people for the first shot. The country received its next 440,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday to vaccinate all its health workers by the end of January.

“In the vaccination plan, we’re moving from the calibration phase to the expansion phase. We’re going to have vaccination units operating in Covid hospitals in the 32 federal entities,” – Mexico Health Ministry’s press release.

Likewise, Mexico is expected to get its new vaccine batches in February made by Chinese company CanSino Biologics, as per the Lopez-Gatell- Deputy Secretary of the health ministry.

Apart from this, the health ministry is supposed to make a decision this week on whether to authorize Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine – after receiving the data on it – to vaccinate its people soonly.

“The file has been under review since the weekend by (health regulator) COFEPRIS and very soon there will be a decision regarding the authorization for emergency use, as occurred with the other two vaccines,”- health ministry on Tuesday

Proof of corona vaccination

At present, the country is asking visitors to showcase

  • Covid-19 PCR or antigen test took no more than 3 days
  • Health declaration form at temperature screening terminals
  • A complete “Cuestionario de identificación de factores de riesgo en viajeros” must be submitted upon arrival to immigration.

Along with that, the country is contemplating to follow the footprints of WHO & CDC guidelines on establishing a “digital Covid ‘vaccination passport’ or “international digital immunization certificate for COVID-19” in association with technology tycoons – Microsoft, Oracle, and the US healthcare non-profit Mayo Clinic to track people who have been vaccinated digitally.

“We are looking very closely into the use of technology in this COVID-19 response, one of them how we can work with member states toward an e-vaccination certificate,” – WHO Europe expert Siddharta Datta briefing in Copenhagen.

Mexico is contemplating implementing this program to introduce an effective standard to track & verify people who got vaccinated shortly.

Do I Need Vaccines for Mexico?

The CDC and WHO has given a set of vaccinations travelers must go through for Mexico, that covers [4]:

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • routine vaccines
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis B
  • Cholera,
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever
  • Meningitis
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • Chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza

 

Quarantine policy  

At the time, Mexico has no entry restrictions. However, if necessary, travelers can be asked to be screened and quarantined for 14 days, if arriving from an affected area.

Can you stop wearing the facemask?

Mexico has relaxed people for not wearing masks on its beaches. However, relaxation is not valid in other red and orange cities.

 

List of valid/ authorized vaccine [5]

 

Name Vaccine Type Primary Developers Country of Origin Authorized/Approval
Comirnaty (BNT162b2) mRNA-based vaccine PfizerBioNTechFosun Pharma Multinational  

UK, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico, US, Singapore, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jordan, Panama, Chile, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Switzerland, Kuwait, EU, WHO (emergency use validation)

 

Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine (mRNA-1273) mRNA-based vaccine ModernaBARDANIAID US US, Canada, EU, Israel, UK, France, Switzerland

 

CoronaVac Inactivated vaccine (formalin with alum adjuvant) Sinovac China China, Turkey

 

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (AZD1222) Adenovirus vaccine BARDA, OWS UK UK, India, Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Morocco

 

No name announced Inactivated vaccine Wuhan Institute of Biological ProductsChina National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) China China
Sputnik V Non-replicating viral vector Gamaleya Research Institute, Acellena Contract Drug Research and Development Russia Russia, Palestine

 

BBIBP-CorV Inactivated vaccine Beijing Institute of Biological Products; China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) China China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt

 

EpiVacCorona Peptide vaccine Federal Budgetary Research Institution State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Russia Russia
Covaxin Inactivated vaccine Bharat Biotech, ICMR India India

 

Final Wrap Up

Mexico still has its foot trapped inside the jaw of the Corona monster However, the country has come so far to match with contemporary countries to fight with strain bravely. So as the tourism industry. Mexico has reopened its borders with open hands to lure tourists across the globe while not compromising with the fundamental safety concerns.

 

This post tells the latest travel update for Mexico to help you plan a safe trip.

 

Ref

[1]https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiqrEma6l7gIVN51LBR1bhQ9fEAAYASAAEgKr2PD_BwE

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Mexico

[3]https://www.statista.com/statistics/1124221/coronavirus-impact-tourism-sector-mexico/

[4]https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mexico [5]https://www.raps.org/news-and-articles/news-articles/2020/3/covid-19-vaccine-tracker