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The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a message on Friday, Dec. 18, advising Americans living here that it would not be providing covid-19 vaccines to private citizens overseas.

“The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas,” the message said.

“As part of our efforts to give U.S. citizens timely information so that they can make informed choices about travel abroad, the department advises that the United States government does not plan to provide covid-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas should follow host country developments and guidelines for covid-19 vaccination.”

It also pointed out that the Mexican government recently approved a covid-19 vaccine.

“We encourage you to consult with your local health care professional about how you can receive the vaccine when it is made available to the general public,” it said.

The message went on to say that the State Department will continue to “proactively communicate travel advice and warnings to U.S. citizens amidst the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.”

It likewise advised that U.S. citizens abroad register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( so that they can receive important messages from their nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate, including timely alerts and updates to travel advisories.

…Dec. 21, 2020


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