Vaccinations in Yucatán: Next up, everyone over 60

Justina Mex, 84, was the first elderly adult to be vaccinated Monday at Valladolid General Hospital. Photo: Contributed
Justina Mex, 84, was the first elderly adult to be vaccinated Monday at Valladolid General Hospital. Photo: Contributed

Mass vaccinations of adults over 60 began Monday in Mexico, and at Valladolid General Hospital, an 84-year-old woman from Dzitás was the first to be inoculated.

Under the watchful eyes of the governor and news cameras, Justina Mex Hau kicked off Yucatán’s next step in its campaign to protect elderly residents from coronavirus.

Of Yucatan’s share of the AstraZeneca vaccine, 8,740 vaccines will be allocated to residents in Valladolid; 5,260 in Motul; and 1,630 in Conkal. Each patient will require a follow-up shot.

Officials did not announce when doses will come to Mérida. Yucatán is projected to have its entire population inoculated by March 2022. The campaign to reach older adults first is scheduled to last into April.

Monday’s statewide COVID-19 fatalities totaled 10 and were as young as 22. Another 60 infections were counted for a third day of declining cases in Yucatán.

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