Message From The Embassy: Vaccine Guidance For US Citizens In Mexico
Has the government of Mexico approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
Mexico has approved emergency use of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Mexican government has prioritized front-line health care workers. Once more vaccine doses become available, Mexico’s objective is to vaccinate at least 75 percent of the population 16 years and older.
Mexican citizens as well as permanent and temporary residents are eligible to receive the vaccine.
The vaccine will not be mandatory.
The vaccine will be offered on a universal basis for free. Mexico will prioritize recipients by at-risk groups and age.
Subject to vaccine availability, Mexico’s vaccination campaign (Spanish only) includes five phases:
Phase 1: January-February 2021 – health care workers
Phase 2: February-April 2021 – people 60 years old and older
Phase 3: April-May 2021 – people 50 to 59
Phase 4: May-June 2021 – people 40 to 49
Phase 5: June 2021-March 2022 – remaining age groups
People under 16 and pregnant women will not be vaccinated because clinical trials were not conducted with participants from these groups. However, these recommendations are subject to change as more data becomes available.
Those who have had COVID-19 and no longer have an active infection will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
For the time being, the vaccine will remain federal government property and is not available in the private market.
People are not required to present proof of vaccination to attend school, travel, or engage in routine, daily activities. However, these rules are subject to change.
The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
RE – Types of Vaccines: The United States has expressed concerns that Russia and the People’s Republic of China are sharing or marketing vaccines to the international community without providing transparent, peer reviewed scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy. U.S. citizens abroad should consult with medical providers they trust, and review information published by relevant public health authorities, as they consider their options for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. citizens traveling or resident abroad are subject to local laws, and to the authority of local health officials.
U.S. citizens might consider returning to the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in your home state, visit your U.S. State’s Health Department website.