It's the newest form of traveling during the pandemic: crossing state lines — or international waters — in hopes of getting the vaccine1.
At the beginning of the US vaccine rollout, essential workers and people 75 and older were the first groups with priority access.
Now, the US includes more than 50 vaccination2 plans as each state has devised its own rules around who gets priority for a dose, according to The Guardian3.
In New Jersey4, smokers6 can receive the vaccine before teachers do - and proof that you're a smoker5 is not required. In New York, psychologists and psychiatrists7 can get the vaccine along with essential workers.
As regulations change on who can get the vaccine and when they can get it, Americans are traveling near and far to get it.
Florida is a popular vaccine tourism destination due to the high priority given to those aged8 65 and older in addition to other vague eligibility9 requirements that attracted travelers from all over to take advantage of Florida's vaccine rollout.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press conference earlier this month that most of these visitors are in fact part-time residents, not so-called "vaccine tourists."
"If they have a residence I'm totally fine with that," DeSantis said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "That's a little bit different than somebody that's just doing tourism and trying to come here. So we're discouraging people to come to Florida just to get a vaccine."