Stars and Stripes stripes.com 08 Jan, 2021 23:45 am

'It's just not fair.' Florida sends mixed signals to foreigners getting COVID vaccines

'It's just not fair.' Florida sends mixed signals to foreigners getting COVID vaccines
Residents over 65 from countries like Argentina, Canada and Brazil are also accessing South Florida's vaccine portals in hopes of scoring a shot.

MIAMI (Tribune News Service) — Unlike most winter seasons, Marty Firestone, a Toronto travel agent, hasn't had his usual stream of Canadian clients relocating to South Florida to flee their frigid winters.As Canada stalls its vaccine rollout, Firestone is now fielding intricate questions on how out-of-towners can score a coveted vaccine against COVID-19 in South Florida.Residents over 65 from countries like Argentina, Canada and Brazil are also accessing South Florida's vaccine portals in hopes of scoring a shot.For those who can afford the travel, South Florida has long been a mecca for medical tourists, particularly citizens from Latin American countries with weakened health care infrastructures.

And while some health officials in South Florida are encouraging anyone who meets the age requirements to make an appointment, whether tourists can get vaccinated or not remains largely up to hospitals' discretion, even as Florida Gov." However, in response to requests from the Miami Herald, several hospitals said they would not be requiring any proof of residency for patients making vaccine appointments, including Baptist Health South Florida and Jackson Health System.

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