The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in cooperation with the United States National Guard will be offering free Covid-19 vaccines to all international travelers and anyone who wants one. The free vaccines will be available at the airport until September 12th or as long as supplies last.
Airport authorities and airlines are already preparing for a massive increase in the number of travelers from Mexico. The airport is already recording a 135 percent increase in the number of travelers arriving from Mexico when compared to 2019 prior to the pandemic.
It’s not just Mexican nationals seeking a vaccine. Millions of Americans and Canadians that live in Mexico are flocking to the U.S. for their shots. The vaccine rollout in Mexico has been slow and some of the vaccines being offered by Mexican authorities are not recognized by the U.S. or Canada.
Increased Flights to Dallas Fort Worth From Mexico
The Dallas Fort Worth International airport connects with 26 destinations in Mexico including 42 weekly flights from Mexico city alone.
“From Mexico City alone we have five daily flights with American Airlines, one daily with Aeroméxico, three weekly with Viva Aerobus and three weekly with Volaris,” said Lilian Toro, account manager of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW ).
Types of Free Vaccines Being Offered
The Dallas airport will be offering 3 different types of vaccines for those who want one.
- Pfizer (2 shots required)
- Moderna (2 shots required
- Johnson & Johnson (1 shot required)
Location and Operating Hours of Free Vaccine Clinic At Dallas Airport
Hours of Operation: The free vaccine clinic will operate daily from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Locations: Vaccine clinics will be set up in terminals B, E and D.
Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are not required.
Requirements To Get a Vaccine
The only requirement to receive the vaccine is to fill out an online digital form upon arrival.
Any traveler that is legally allowed to enter the United States may receive a free vaccine. Travelers do not need to be a U.S citizen.
Land borders between Mexico and the United States are still closed for non-essential traffic. Travelers looking to receive the free Covid-19 vaccines must arrive by air.
Increasing Connectivity With Mexico
Connectivity between Mexico and the Dallas Fort Worth International airport was never halted due to the pandemic. Currently the airport is serving 59 daily flights to and from Mexico and recorded a total of 1836 flights in July. With the increased demand of both Mexican nationals flying south and record breaking demand from US travelers headed to Mexico, airlines have been scrambling to add more connectivity.
Sense of Urgency As Vaccine Passports Become More Common
More Americans and Canadians living in Mexico along with Mexican nationals are traveling to the U.S. to receive their vaccines. The beach city of Mazatlán recently began requiring proof of vaccination to enter all businesses including grocery stores and restaurants.
While the President of Mexico announced that the entry requirements will stay the same and proof of vaccinations will not be required for entry, Mexican states and local authorities can enact their own prevention rules including the use of vaccine passports to enter businesses.
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