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Minors brought from Mexico to California for COVID-19 vaccines

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — On a cloudy Southern California morning, several dozen teens and young children calmly walked off buses, shuttles, and vans and turned toward the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego.

They all came from Tijuana with one goal in mind: to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Among them was a 13-year-old named Martha.

Martha gets her COVID-19 vaccine at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego. (Salvador Rivera/border report)

“I’m pretty excited because I really wanted to go back to school, so did my parents, so I was really excited, this is great for us,” said Martha.

Martha admitted to knowing firsthand how devastating the virus can be.

“I have relatives who have died because of this, and some got sick and some have it,” she said. “This is very important to everyone and it’s kind of selfish to think ‘Oh, I don’t want to understand’ when you know it could save a lot of people’s lives. I would like to see it become more accessible in Mexico.”

The goal of the program is to vaccinate 450 minors. Three hundred or so have already crossed the border to be vaccinated.

Carlos González Gutiérrez is Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego. (Salvador Rivera/border report)

The person behind the project is Mexican Consul General in San Diego, Carlos González Gutiérrez.

“We are lucky to be close to the United States,” he said. “They allow us to allow minors, people 18 or younger who live in Tijuana but have visas or dual citizenship, to cross the border — come to the consulate to get vaccinated.”

The minors from Mexico received the Pfizer brand and will return to California again in the near future to receive their second and third injections.

The vaccines are left over from campaigns in Southern California that cannot be sent to Mexico.

County of San Diego personnel are involved in distributing and administering the shots.

Currently, the vaccine is not widely available to young people in Mexico.

“San Diegans will not be completely safe until the people in Tijuana, Mexicali and Tecate are also completely safe, we will still have a Covid-19 problem in San Diego as long as we have a COVID-19 problem on the other side of the border,” said González Gutiérrez. “Once we have vaccinated the 450 minors, we want to expand the program and make it available to many others.”

González Gutiérrez also led a campaign earlier this year to get thousands of workers from Mexico to California to get vaccinated.

That program was considered a huge success and was copied in many other areas along the southern border.