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Mexico Completes Vaccination Campaign For Adults In Northern Border Cities

Mexico says it’s finished vaccinating adults 18 and older in cities along the border with the United States. Leaders hope that will lead to a full reopening of the U.S.-Mexico border.

In June, Mexico introduced a campaign to vaccinate all adults in in cities along its northern border to help speed the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions that have disproportionately impacted Mexican citizens.

Now, officials say that effort is complete, with about 90% of adults in all 45 municipalities along its northern border fully vaccinated.

During his morning press conference Tuesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said border travel restrictions, now in place for 18 months, can be lifted now that border vaccinations are complete. But it’s unclear if that will happen next week, when the current extension runs out.

The effort started in Baja California, before moving eastward along the border. Officials say a final round of second doses were administered in Tamaulipas on Tuesday, concluding the campaign with more than 3.8 million vaccine doses doled out in border communities.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.