COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Yucatán extends to five new communities

Authorities in Yucatán expect a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines next week. Foto: File
Authorities in Yucatán expect a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines next week. Foto: File

Yucatán’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign for residents 60 and over is extended to cover five more municipalities.

The municipalities added to the coverage zone are Progreso, Tizimín, Maxcanú, Tixkokob and Temozón.

State health authorities hope to begin applying the inoculations as early as next week when the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Yucatán. 

Vaccinations in Uman have reached 93% of people 60 and over, with the inoculation of 4,875 individuals. Valladolid, Motul, and Conkal stand at almost 70% of their target goal. 

There is still no word for when residents of Mérida, the state’s largest city, can expect to see vaccines, or when the rollout will include persons under the age of 60. 

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The high global demand for COVID-19 vaccines has meant that inoculations are not being delivered at the rate authorities and the public hoped. 

As Mexico is not currently producing any of its own vaccines, the country is extremely dependent on shipments from countries such as Russia, China, and the United States.

China has made sharing its CanSino vaccine a centerpiece of its “Belt and Road Initiative,” a strategy designed to help the country spread its influence across the globe.

For its part, Rusia says it has received orders of its Sputnik V vaccine from 20 countries, including Mexico who has placed orders for 7.4 million doses between February and April.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.