Expat Documents her COVID Vaccination Experience in Mexico—InternationalLiving.com
“It was the niceties of the Mexican culture, their manners, and the way they treat people that really shone while I waited in line to receive my COVID vaccination”
August 24, 2021
“While some Americans and Canadians opted to return ‘home’ when the pandemic closures began in 2020, plenty of expats resident in Mexico stayed there throughout the pandemic and have received their COVID vaccinations there, too,” says Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor, International Living. “They say, as Bel Woodhouse does in her report, that—while there were sometimes long lines to wait in—the process was organized and worked well. And, as in the US, the vaccine was free.”
In InternationalLiving.com’s new report, expat Bel Woodhouse documents her positive experience getting her COVID vaccine and booster in Cozumel, Mexico.
“It was the niceties of the Mexican culture, their manners, and the way they treat people that really shone while I waited in line to receive my COVID vaccination,” says Bel Woodhouse, IL contributor.
“Along with a few hundred others in my age group, we shuffled along an insanely long line. That is how it was run here on Cozumel. Each decade’s age group had a day for vaccination. Mine, the forty-something-year-old’s category, was one of the largest. But in true Mexican Caribbean laidback island style, it was not an issue. We all laughed, chatted with our neighbors, and bought snacks from the cart. It was lovely to see how they treasure their abuelitas (grandmothers).
“Overall my COVID-19 vaccination experience was stress-free, professional, quick, and very caring. Both times—from the initial entry to after-vaccination care. If anyone is worried about the process they shouldn’t be.
“I was the only non-Mexican I could see and they made sure there was a lot of guidance. Because it’s a free vaccine somehow a part of me thought there would be more paperwork. Or, that the process would be harder. But it was easy.”
The full report—and requirements to get the vaccine in Mexico as a resident expat—can be found, here: Expat Diary: My Vaccination Experience in Mexico
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