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COVID-19 booster shots to kick off this week for Mérida residents 60 and over

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COVID-19 booster shots will be offered for free to Mérida residents 60 and over starting on Dec. 16. Photo: File

COVID-19 booster shots will be available for Mérida residents 60 and over starting Thursday.

People wishing to receive the vaccine must download and print out their updated vaccination documentation from mivacuna.slaud.gob.mx.

Logging into the vaccination portal requires the use of a personal CURP ID code, which all legal residents in Mexico have.

The vaccinations will be administered over six days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to birth month. People born in January and February are scheduled to receive their shot on Thursday and the campaign will wrap up on Tuesday for people born in November and December. 

The boosters will be offered at vaccination modules at the Kukukán sports complex on Circuito Colonias, as well as at the Siglo XXI convention center on Prolongación Paseo de Montejo. 

The news of this latest round of COVID-19 vaccines was announced by Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal, who encouraged everyone 60 and over to get the booster. 

Announcement via Twitter of the COVID-19 booster shot campaign for Mérida residents. 

Earlier: Foreigners confirmed eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico

There has been no news regarding the type of vaccine that will be on offer, or if it will necessarily match that of the first two doses. Some studies have endorsed mixing and matching some brands of vaccines. 

People needing assistance getting to the vaccination module are encouraged to bring along a helper.

Health authorities are advising people to continue taking any other medications as they would normally, and wear loose-fitting clothing to their booster shot appointment.

The need for the COVID-19 booster shot is considered particularly important given the widespread of more contagious forms of the coronavirus — including the Omicron and Delta variants.

Yucatán recently declared itself “green” on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system as a result of a sustained decrease in new cases of COVID-19, as well as hospitalizations. 

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