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COVID-19 vaccines now being offered to teachers in Yucatán

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Teachers, school administrators, and support staff await their COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination center in Mérida’s Siglo XXI convention center. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

As of Wednesday teachers in Yucatán have begun to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccination campaign is expected to run until Friday, but authorities say that the centers will continue to operate until Saturday if needed. 

Vaccination centers for Yucatán’s teachers have been set up in Mérida, Valladolid, Tizimín and Ticul.

The vaccination center in Mérida is located at the Siglo XXI convention center. State authorities say that they are expecting to inoculate approximately 15,000 teachers a day.

Long lines formed around the convention center, but despite the size of the crowd, the queue moved along at a surprising speed.

Long lines outside the Siglo XXI Convention center. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

“I am really quite pleased with how things have been set up. Most of my colleagues that received the vaccine yesterday say they were in and out in about an hour,” said physical education teacher Victorio Canul. 

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The vaccinations are being offered free of charge to all teachers, school administrators, and support staff in the state.

To speed the process along, teachers in Yucatán are being inoculated with the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine, which is administered in a single dose. 

According to medical professionals at the Siglo XXI vaccination center, persons having received the Cansino vaccine are considered fully vaccinated after 28 days. 

No firm date has been given for when teachers and students will return to classrooms in Yucatán. But state authorities have hinted that schools are unlikely to reopen until the begging of the next semester in late August. 

The vaccination program for Yucatán residents 60 years old and over has gone smoothly and has reportedly inoculated 185,000 against COVID-19.

Vaccinations for Mérida residents between 50 and 59 are expected to kick off later this month, according to statements by Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.

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