Medical tourism is nothing new. But a new wave has emerged this year thanks to the opening of the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States. It has been mentioned by some leaders in that country that it is in American self-interest to help vaccinate as many people as possible. Therefore, vaccines are available to virtually anyone traveling to the United States.
As days go by, more states stop asking for proof of residence to obtain the vaccine; Currently Alabama, Arizona, California, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia can vaccinate anyone over 16 or 18 years of age (depending on the state ) without any problem. Therefore, if you are thinking of joining this medical tourism, these tips could help you to be more clear about what and how to carry it out.
Take advantage of the new routes
East boom has caused several airlines to open new routes for those seeking the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, Viva Aerobus opened the Cancun – Houston route, increased the frequency of flights to 6 a week from CDMX and to 11 a week from Monterrey to said American city, opened the route to Harlingen, Texas from Monterrey and from León the routes to San Antonio and Houston with 2 and 3 weekly frequencies. While Aeroméxico will reactivate its routes to Austin and Dallas as of July 1. Its frequencies to Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio are 21 weekly flights, the route to Houston operates 28 flights and from May 17 there will be 35 flights, with these measures the airline wants to supply the demand for flights to these destinations that have grown in recent months.
It can help you to check the locations where you are vaccinating on the State Department of Health page you visit, whether it is a pop-up vaccination point or at a Walmart, Costco, Safeway or CVS. Once you have identified the points where there are more vaccines available, go to your trusted hotel search engine and enter the area so that you can compare accommodation costs and thus you have the best option. If you stay near the vaccination module, you will also save money on transport or in case you decide to get vaccinated in a more remote part of the urban area you can rent a car to avoid the use of public transport, another alternative is to move in Uber .
Make your appointment before you fly
If you have identified the place, time and type of vaccine you will receive, it will be easier to organize the rest of the trip. Ideally you will receive only one dose, so you will not need to travel again for a few weeks. Look for different locations and vaccination centers so that you have options and can choose what best suits your plan and budget. Prepare your documents, print whatever needs to be printed and show up 15 minutes before your appointment. The following tip is key.
Organize the times well
Always take into account the service hours and restrictions of the places you visit; Let’s remember that we are in the middle of a pandemic, capacity, hours or stays are limited so do your research before visiting so you don’t get a bad experience. If you plan to do more activities such as shopping or visiting a museum, keep in mind that you will not be able to do it the day you receive the vaccine. That day you should stay hydrated, prioritize rest and listen to your body to prevent the effects of the vaccine from knocking you down. Plan your trip with enough time to do everything you want, taking into account that you can spend a few hours tired or with other effects.
Make a donation
While tourism for the vaccine favors the country, let’s not forget that it is a service that is provided with the taxes of the Americans. The application of the vaccine is completely free, but if you want to do something extra and thank those who are doing this work, you can make donations. Whether right there or in a hospital, it all adds up.