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How true is it that the US can cancel visas for Colombian citizens who traveled to be vaccinated

File photo of a man receiving an injection during a community vaccination event against COVID-19 in the state of West Virginia, which has one of the highest inoculation rates in the world, in Martinsburg, United States.  February 25, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
File photo of a man receiving an injection during a community vaccination event against COVID-19 in the state of West Virginia, which has one of the highest inoculation rates in the world, in Martinsburg, United States. February 25, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

This Thursday, April 8, it was learned that letters supposedly began to arrive to Colombians who traveled to the United States to get vaccinated, where they announced that their visa will be canceled, according to W Radio.

According to the document known to the media, it is reported that the cancellation is due to having violated the rights of the tourist visa -visa B1 and B2-, so they will not be able to use the visa anymore to enter that country.

The letter would be arriving in Colombia and to the place where these people would have indicated that they were residing in Florida. For now there is no formal statement from the US Embassy on this information.

And the fact is that tourism to obtain the vaccine is one of those that has begun to move the aviation sector. On March 16, the president of Viva Air, Félix Antelo, assured in an interview with Semana that, There are hundreds of Colombians who are traveling to the United States every week to be vaccinated due to the slowness of the process in the country.

He argued that much of the growth in international travel is due to health issues and most seek to be immunized against covid-19.

Another factor that can accelerate the air market between the two nations, according to Semana, is that pharmacies in the United States already sell the vaccine safely throughout the country.

Users on Twitter assure that the news is false, since the medical history in that country cannot be known by migration and the cancellation process is not disclosed through a letter.

It is important to note that, in 47 of the 50 states of that country, the only ones that can receive vaccines against the covid-19 are those who verify legitimate residence.

Although it is not necessary to be a US citizen to receive the vaccine, it is enough to be regular and be able to prove residency -It means that you cannot travel solely to obtain the biological one-, as detailed by the State Department.

“DHS and its federal government partners fully support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all people residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. “, can be read on the State Department page.

It also ensures that: “DHS carries out its mission, including all areas within its Covid-19 response, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, or other protected class, and in accordance with law and policy. Additionally, DHS supports the equitable and efficient distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine to all populations, including historically underserved communities. DHS is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a vaccine can receive it, regardless of their immigration status. “

On the other hand, last Thursday, January 21, the State of Florida issued new health guidelines to prevent tourists from traveling to that state to be vaccinated against covid-19. These new guidelines ensure CNN en español is so that the biological is administered only to permanent residents.

The general director of Health of the state, Dr. Scott Rivkees, according to the international media, signed a public health notice in which he gives priority to residents, after Gov. Ron DeSantis clarified that vaccines should be reserved for those who live in the state full time.

“We are only applying (vaccines) to Florida residents”DeSantis argued at the time. He said

“They go to the doctors here or whatever, it’s fine. What we don’t want are tourists, foreigners. We want to put older people first, but obviously we want to put people who live here first in line, ”added De Santis.

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