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Migrants in Chiapas Inoculated with COVID-19 Vaccine

By Pamela Benítez | Fri, 09/24/2021 - 13:51

Ninety-nine doses of the CanSino vaccine have been applied to 23 women and 76 men who migrated from Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Haiti, as the National Migration Institute (INM) started a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the XXI Century Migratory Station in Chiapas.

A Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) mobile module has been installed at the migratory station so that medical personnel administers the vaccine.  The purpose is to have every person working at INM facilities in Chiapas to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as well. In the meantime, the security and cleaning staff working at these facilities also received the one-dose CanSino inoculation.

The XXI Century Migratory Station is located in Tapachula, Chiapas, and serves as an administrative immigration detention center, with the INM as the management and custodial authority.  This center has a capacity for 960 detainees, among them are accompanied and unaccompanied minors, families, disabled people, adult women and men, and LGBT migrant members.

The National Guard and the Secretariat of Welfare have also supported this vaccination campaign by safeguarding the inoculation material. These efforts are part of the INMs plan to accomplish its responsibility to maintain a safe, orderly, and regular migration process in Mexico, while also protecting and respecting the rights of migrant people.

A press release published by the Secretariat of the Interior this February is in accordance with INMs compromise with migrant people, stating that migrants inside the country will also be receiving a vaccine against COVID-19 following the vaccination stages defined in the National Vaccination Policy.

The press release also reports that the majority of migrants are between the ages of 20 and 44, and mainly come from Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, and the US, this last country is mentioned as many Latin American migrants in the US return to Mexico. Migrants concentrate mainly in the states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro and Quintana Roo.

 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Global Detention Project, SEGOB
Photo by:   Mat Napo, Unsplash
Pamela Benítez Pamela Benítez Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst