Without Considering Minors, Mexico Meets Vaccination Goal

At the end of October, the Government of Mexico declared its goal of having the entire population over 18 years of age vaccinated with at least one dose against Covid-19.

The Government of Mexico declared its goal of having the entire population over 18 years vaccinated with at least one dose against covid-19 at the end of October, but experiences a delay in second doses and still resists vaccinating minors old.

The Latin American country has provided vaccines to 74.6 million people since last December so that 83% of adults have received at least one dose.

Last May, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador set himself the goal of having inoculated all the adults in Mexico before the end of October, a goal that “has already been met,” he said last week.

The authorities attribute the missing percentage to reach 100% to people who could not attend on the scheduled day or who were vaccinated in the United States, but experts warn that there is a long way to go before the vaccination is completed.

“At least one dose does not tell me anything. You have to measure yourself with complete vaccination,” health consultant Xavier Tello explained to Efe on Monday.

DELAY IN COMPLETING THE VACCINATION

Mexico was the first Latin American country to start vaccinating against covid-19 on December 24 of last year, but its percentage of the immunized population has been surpassed by countries such as Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador.   

Of the 126 million inhabitants in Mexico, 60.6 million have completed their vaccination schedule with the two necessary doses, that is, 48% of the population, still far from considered group immunity.

The epidemiologist Alejandro Macías, who was the Mexican czar against the influenza A pandemic in 2009, told Efe that “there is no anti-vaccine movement in Mexico ” and that the delays are due to planning and logistics.

First, he pointed out that the initial vaccination plan “depended a lot on AstraZeneca” and these vaccines “did not arrive on time”, and secondly, there has been a great “centralization” of the plan from the federal government.

In Mexico City, for example, 99% of adults have already received at least one dose of the vaccine, while in states with more remote areas, such as Chiapas and Oaxaca, this advance is 60% and 69%.

We should have vaccinated faster and more efficiently, said Tello, who said there are problems tracking vaccine batches.

Of the 153 million doses that Mexico has received, 126 million have been applied so far, so there are still stocks of 27 million doses that have not yet been applied.

NO VACCINES FOR CHILDREN

Another factor that explains the lag in the percentage of vaccination is that, unlike other countries, the Government does not currently contemplate universally immunizing minors, only those who suffer from comorbidities.

In some controversial statements last week in the Chamber of Deputies, the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, affirmed that there are “mainly financial” interests that pressure to vaccinate minors and assured that his grandchildren would not be vaccinated because the children have an “immune system marvel”.

A thesis that the Government supports is the good experience of the reopening of classes last August with hardly any cases of coronavirus in the classrooms.

It is evident from all the regional experience that we will also have to vaccinate young people and children because they contribute to group immunity and also to protect them, said Alejandro Macías.

THE CONTAGES, DOWN

Mexico accumulates 3.8 million confirmed cases and 288,000 deaths, the fourth-highest figure in the world in absolute numbers, behind the United States, Brazil, and India.

The authorities already consider the third wave of the epidemic over, which set daily records of infections due to the advance of the delta variant, by spinning three months of decreases.

The influenza A czar stressed that Mexico has ” a very broad immune base,” because, in addition to vaccination, there are millions of people who are immune after being infected.

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The epidemiologist estimated that the pandemic is heading towards a “more controllable situation” and the coronavirus could become something “seasonal” after almost two years in which the country “has paid a very high tribute.”

The health authorities declared the green traffic light for this week, that is, the minimum risk of infections, in 29 of the 32 states of the country.   

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