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Teachers in Yucatán could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as next week. Photo: Courtesy

School teachers will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as April 20, Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal announced.

On Thursday, the governor is scheduled to meet with state education secretary Delfina Gomez to work out vaccination protocols. 

Last month, Vila Dosal told President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that once people 60 and over have been fully inoculated against COVID-19, the vaccination of teachers should be the next priority in Yucatán.

The proposal was apparently accepted. The Vila Dosal administration has secured over 35,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for teachers in Yucatán.

“It is important that we move forward with vaccinations before the end of the school year. Students in Mexico need to get back to classrooms as soon as possible,” said López Obrador.

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It has been speculated that the inoculation that will make its way into the arms of Yucatán’s educators will be the single-dose CanSino COVID-19 vaccine.

Although it has not been stated explicitly, it is likely that school administrators and support staff will also be receiving the vaccine. 

It is still not known if public schools will be given priority or if teachers from private institutions will be eligible to receive the vaccine at the same time.

Students in Yucatán last attended classes in person over a year ago, on March 12, 2020. Education authorities calculate that as a result, upwards of 3 million students have dropped out of school nationwide.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last March, teachers and students have relied on online education platforms and messaging applications.

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