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Booster shots arrive for Mérida residents between 40-59

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Booster shots for Mérida residents in their 40s and 50s arrived Friday. Photo: Courtesy

A military plane with 240,000 AstraZeneca booster doses against the new coronavirus variant arrived Friday for Mérida residents in their 40s and 50s.

This age group was already offered boosters in Valladolid, Progreso and several smaller towns.

Vaccination locations and hours were not announced.

Residents should register on the mivacuna.salud.gob.mx website — which on Friday night was down. Identification will also be required. Some residents also bring a utility bill verifying their address as a backup.

More than 3.6 million vaccine doses have arrived in Yucatán since the medicine became available a year ago.

The booster is seen as important in lessening the impact of the highly transmissible Omicron strain. Daily new cases continue to rise, with 864 new infections reported on Friday alone. Public hospital admissions were up by three to reach 149.

The vast majority of patients — at this point over 7,000 — are experiencing mild symptoms and recovering at home. But they could carry the virus to an elderly person or someone with preexisting conditions who would likely experience a much more severe reaction.

Deaths have also risen, from an average of one a day three weeks ago to six on Friday.

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