Since the US borders are open to Canadians many are still flying south during this wintertime. Some of these ‘snowbirds‘ are hoping to get the COVID-19 vaccine while they’re living in the US for the winter. Florida holds the record for most snowbirds in the US. This southern state continues to have rising COVID-19 cases but they are administering the vaccine to those 65 years or older.
Can a Canadian Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in the United States?
Florida is currently administrating the vaccine throughout its first phase. During the first phase, Florida is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone over the age of 65 along with healthcare workers and those in long-term care. “What you’re now seeing is hospitals being more aggressive with offering vaccinations to our senior citizens. That’s our top priority at this point,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Jan. 7.
Regardless of residency status, any senior citizens older than 65 will get the vaccine according to official statements. Some hospitals in Florida are asking for proof of residency though which could include a state ID, lease/rent agreement, house title, etc. Canadian visitors who are not seniors will have to wait until everyone else can get the vaccine.
“It’s great they’re taking care of the snowbirds who contribute so much to the economy over the years,” Liona Boyd, herself a snowbird, told CTV News from Palm Beach, Fla.
It is currently unclear if Canadians can travel to Florida to get the vaccine without having proof of residency so be sure to contact your local hospital. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a press conference “let’s be clear: this is not the time for a vacation abroad.”
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