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23 Jul 2021

Border Report

Mexico: Reynosa Maquiladora workers head to the US to get vaccinated

“Mexican maquiladora workers from Reynosa head to South Texas for COVID-19 vaccines”, 15 July 2021

...Thousands of maquiladora factory workers from the border city of Reynosa, Mexico, are being vaccinated against COVID-19 in McAllen, Texas, in a new binational program that has the blessing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and that uses vaccine that is about to expire, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez announced. The first 500 factory workers were given the one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday, and 1,000 more were expected to be bussed into McAllen and vaccinated today. Altogether at least 3,000 of the 188,000 maquiladora workers in Reynosa, Mexico, are expected to get the shots, Cortez said. The vaccinations come as the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas is reporting rising coronavirus cases, as well as a jump in COVID-19 cases in South Texas. And officials say this is a way to help preserve a vital economic engine that both cities — and states — rely on for revenue. “We view this as a smart economic move aimed at restoring one of our regions biggest economic industries: the maquiladora industry,” Cortez said on Wednesday afternoon during a news conference in which he was flanked by U.S. and Mexican officials...Consul de Mexico Froylan Yescas Cedillo, in Spanish, expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to American officials for offering vaccines to workers in Reynosa and called it an “extraordinary gesture” and said they were undoubtedly saving many lives. In answer to a question by Border Report, he said approximately half of the maquiladora workers in Reynosa are vaccinated...