I recently got my 1st dose of (Pfizer) COVID vaccine in Canada and might have to wait 2-4 months (likely 2) for my 2nd dose.
I don't want to get into the debate about whether this is acceptable from a medical point of view. Let's just say - I want to do whatever I can to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and get the 2nd dose within a 3-6 week window.
To this end, I plan to travel to Dallas to get my 2nd dose.
My main question is this: What do I tell the border agent? Just that I am there to get a 2nd shot? I think this may not be good because an agent may not like it even if there is no law that says I can't visit for this purpose (lot of Canadians travel for cancer treatment for example).
Should I just not mention vaccines and say that I am there to visit friends? I do actually have friends in Dallas that I would like to see in a socially distanced/outdoor setting.
I chose Dallas, because this is the only direct flight from Toronto to a US state where it is explicitly stated that vaccines have no residency or citizenship requirements. So this seems the least risky option in terms of time spent in planes and airports.
I plan to stay in an airport hotel, take the vaccine and PCR test (for return to Canada) at the nearest pharmacy on the same day, have 1 day to recover and fly back to Canada on day 3.
Of course, I plan to double mask anytime I am indoors and follow all the protocols. Having a few weeks' time after the 1st shot should give me some protection too.
From what I can see, the uptake of vaccines has reduced drastically in Texas. On Dallas forums, I read about mass vaccination sites closing down and there are endless open appointments on pharmacy websites. So I feel that I am not really depriving an American of a vaccine. Also, spending thousands of dollars on an American hotel, American airline, rental car company, PCR test lab etc. should make up for me taking a free dose.
Update: Of course, I will quarantine when I get back to Canada as well and hopefully reduce the wait for a 2nd dose for someone else.