According to the British Guardian on January 31, since the United States does not have a unified vaccination plan at the federal level, and the vaccination regulations vary greatly from state to state, many people have begun to take advantage of the loopholes in the regulations, inter-state vaccination or “jugating” vaccination, and even foreigners come to the United States for vaccination.
Some medical experts pointed out that this kind of management chaos has spawned a so-called “vaccine tourism” that affects vaccination programs across the United States, and the benefits are still rich white people.
Florida is one of the most popular “vaccine tourism” destinations for tourists in the United States and abroad, because the state’s original policy was to vaccinate all people over the age of 65, but the identity verification is not strict.
Some 50,000 non-Floorians had already been vaccinated with the first dose before the state recently implemented new status regulations.
In New Jersey, smokers can get a vaccine first, but they don’t need to provide proof that they are smokers.
Some people interviewed by The Guardian said that a friend was planning to go to New Jersey from New York for vaccination.
Cities and states in the United States usually get the corresponding number of vaccines from the federal government according to the number of adult populations in the region and plan their distribution strategies.
Vaccination involves multiple links that require advance scheduling, says Dr. Kyle Ferguson, of New York University Grossman School of Medicine, which involves appointments, needles, and human resources.
When someone crosses city, state or national boundaries to buy vaccines, it will damage the original vaccination plan of an area.
The Guardian also pointed out that most of the tourists who can cross state boundaries to get vaccinated are those who are financially able to go to other places for vaccination, or those who are related to make appointments first.
This further exacerbates racial and economic inequality in the distribution of vaccines in the United States.