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Some States Are Vaccinating Foreign Tourists

It may seem paradoxical that with only 41% of the US population having received even one dose of Covid-19 vaccines, some states have been freely giving vaccinations to foreign travelers.

The US government does not officially condone vaccine tourism. That does not prevent tourists who “happen to be in the US” from getting an appointment from a state that allows any adult to get an injection. Apparently, 16 states have no residency requirements, though that number may change daily.

Arizona and Texas are among the states using free Covid vaccinations to draw in international travelers from nations where the shots are not as easily available.

The matter has a number of sides. Some areas of the US are not using all their doses and it would be a crime to waste them. (Of course, US residents can travel for doses as well.) Tourism provides jobs and could help power a US economic rebound. Allowing foreign nationals to be vaccinated creates a more positive image of the US abroad. In a subtle way it could encourage more US residents to be vaccinated since the international tourists are willing to go so far to get a high quality vaccine.

Requiring proof of residency has some down sides.

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States could easily prevent non-citizens from getting the vaccine by requiring proof of residency but that also poses a problem for undocumented immigrants. States want to vaccinate as many people as possible and according to American Progress, undocumented immigrants make up 3.2% of the US population. That is over 10 million people living in the U.S. that would not qualify for the vaccine if proof of residency was required which would hamper vaccination efforts in some states.

Alaska has announced its plan to use vaccines to bring in international money.

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If you’re the type of multitasker who’d combine an adventure to Denali National Park and Preserve with acquired immunity, Alaska has the deal for you: Starting June 1, the state will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to travelers at its largest airports…

Alaska’s vaccination program will be available at the Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan airports, outside of security areas. This way, state residents can get their shot if they’re picking up friends or family at the airport. Alaska officials are planning a soft rollout of their vaccine plan at the end of April.

As for US residents, the pace of vaccinations are slowing somewhat as those who were most eager to be vaccinated have mostly been taken care of. Average daily vaccinations has fallen to just under 3 million per day.

Joe Biden’s goal of 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days has been met eight days early. Among senior Americans, 81% have claimed at least one dose. Among all US residents, 41.3% have had at least one jab, and 52.6% of adult Americans have been given at least one injection.

US Vaccinations 1 or more shots (Cumulative %)

Age               4/13                 4/22

75>               78.5%               80.3%

65-74            79.6%              82.2%    

50-64            53.9%              59.4%

40-49            40.8%              46.9%

30-39            34.5%              40.3%

29-18            25.0%              30.8%

<18               1.3%                 2.2%

Top States for Vaccinations % of Total Population 1 Dose
State 4/22
New Hampshire 59%
Massachusetts 51.5%
Connecticut 51.5%
Maine 51.3%
Vermont 49.8%
New Mexico 49.2%
New Jersey 48.5%
Rhode Island 48.2%
Pennsylvania 46.2%

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How are vaccinations going in your state and county?

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Bloomberg’s Vaccination Tracker

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COVID.CDC.GOV/…                  COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN US
Day

Delivered Total Shots 1st Shot  (% of Pop) Fully Vac. (% of Pop)
4/22 Thu 286,095,185

222,322,230

+3,374,587

137,234,889 (41.3%)

+1,443,858

91,175,995 (27.5%)
4/21 Wed 282,183,915

218,947,643

+2,996,544

135,791,031 (40.9%)

+1,345,436

88,885,481 
4/20 Tue 277,938,875

215,951,909

+2,563,671

134,445,595 (40.5%)

+1,178,600

87,255,919
4/19 Mon 272,030,795

213,388,238

+1,806,929

133,266,995 (40.1%)

+945,367

86,223,506
4/18 Sun 264,505,725

211,581,309

+2,174,495

132,321,628 (39.9%)

+1,074,082

85,365,180
4/17 Sat 264,505,725

209,406,814

+3,534,901

131,247,546  (39.5%)

+2,926,926

83,976,957  
4/16 Fri

264,499,715

264,505,725

205,871,913

+3,588,990

128,320,620  (39%)

+577,524

82,203,088  
4/15 Thu 258,502,815

202,282,923

+3,965,883

127,743,096 (38.5)

+1,920,228

80,360,022

4/14 Wed 255,400,665

198,317,040

+3,525,204

125,822,868  (37.9%)

+1,905,483

78,267,353
4/13 Tue 250,998,265

194,791,836

+2,509,055

123,917,385  (37.3%)

+1,621,855

76,681,252
2/27

1/19

12/18

12/11

J&J vaccine

pre-Biden

Moderna

Pfizer/Bio

authorized

authorized

authorized

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