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El Paso County plans to vaccinate 25,000 Mexican children against COVID-19

Vaccinations are said to take place at Tornillo, the Texas port of entry, where 35,000 Juarez maquiladora workers received the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this year

Freshman, 7-year-old Rihanna Chihuaque, will receive a covid-19 vaccine at Arturo Velasquez Institute on Nov. 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — El Paso County officials are working with the city of Juarez on a plan to vaccinate up to 25,000 Mexican minors against COVID-19.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego (Border Report Photos)

The vaccinations would take place at Tornillo’s port of entry on a date yet to be determined, district judge Ricardo Samaniego said.

Mexico is lagging behind in immunizing people under 18 against the coronavirus, so El Paso’s intervention is likely to have an immediate positive impact south of the border. Mexico had given 128 million US, British, Chinese and Russian vaccines to its adults on Thursday, but only vaccinated a few thousand minors, mostly in states bordering the US.

El Paso would also benefit because at least some minors who came over would have been given the protection. Reversing non-essential travel restrictions at the border exempts Mexican minors traveling with a vaccinated adult from proving they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We are all ready. (CBP’s Office Field Operations Director Hector) Mancha has expressed his support, the mayor of Juarez has expressed his support, we have the vaccines and the location. What’s holding us back is the logistics,” Samaniego said on Friday.

El Paso County vaccinated 35,000 Mexican residents in July in a buffer zone near the Marcelino Serna International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas. The county provided the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccines at a cost of $500,000 reimbursed by the employers of those who received them. The Juarez Maquiladora Association collected the money.

Samaniego said vaccinating the children would likely involve a two-dose dose. “Unless we can get the Johnson & Johnson again, we’re looking at $1 million,” he said.

The judge explained that the robbery is that the children must be accompanied to the port of entry by a parent, and most households in Juarez consist of two working parents.

“I’m going to meet with the consul of Mexico. We’re going to smooth those things out,” he said.