The tourism industry has been down across the board pretty much since the beginning of the pandemic. (The exception is national parks which have been doing a booming business.) But there’s another type of tourism that’s clearly on the rise and not everyone is a fan of it. “Vaccine tourism” is now a thing, and Texas is seeing a significant increase in people coming from across the country to try to get jabbed in the arm. At one recent mass vaccination at a motor speedway, the number of out-of-staters wasn’t all that huge, but people were coming from as far away as Pennsylvania and Florida. (CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth)
Competitive people were willing to drive across the country to get a shot at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
“We vaccinated over 9,100 folks from states as far away as Pennsylvania, Colorado, Louisiana, and right next door in Oklahoma,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.
In total, 11 people came to TMS from out-of-state to get vaccinated:
2 who flew in from Colorado
1 from Florida
1 from Louisiana
1 from Pennsylvania
and 6 from neighboring Oklahoma
As I said, eleven people out of more than 9,000 obviously isn’t an army, but this phenomenon is being reported at vaccination sites across the state and they do add up after a while. Karen Kaiser, the nurse quoted in the CBS report, isn’t making a big deal about it. She’s quoted as saying, “This is really no time to be the vaccine police.”