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Sate health authorities in Yucatán expect that everyone between the ages of 50 and 59 will be able to access COVID-19 vaccines in the state during the month of May. Photo: Courtesy

People in Mexico between the ages of 50 and 59 will soon be able to sign up for free COVID-19 vaccinations.

Registration begins Wednesday, April 28, at mivacuna.salud.gob.mx.

Federal health authorities say that they hope to begin applying the vaccinations to people in this new cohort during the first week of May.

As was the case with everyone 60 and older, the government says that it will begin by prioritizing communities that it considers to be at the highest risk for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

When heading to vaccination sites, international residents are advised to bring their official migratory documents, a piece of official ID, and a power or water bill to corroborate their address in Mexico. 

It is estimated that during this phase of inoculations the vaccine will be administered to well over 9 million individuals.

It is not known when people in Mérida can expect vaccinations to begin, but both local and state authorities have hinted that inoculations will begin soon. 

“If we continue to receive doses as expected we should be able to vaccinate residents of Yucatán between the ages of 50 and 59 during the month of May,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.

Earlier: For driving, dining and partying, here are the new pandemic rules in Yucatán

Authorities in Yucatán are eager to vaccinate its population to prevent the spread of the new aggressive COVID-19 variants, which have been detected in the state.

Despite a few isolated incidents, the vaccination program for people 60 and over in Yucatán went well. 

May is also slated to see the beginning of a COVID-19 vaccination program aimed at educators.

The program seeks to vaccinate all teachers in the state, regardless of whether they work in public or private schools. The vaccination program will run from May 19 to 28.

In total, Yucatán plans to vaccinate 61,045 teachers, as well as administrators and support staff. 

If all goes according to plan, students in Yucatán can expect to return to in-person learning by June, according to health undersecretary Hugo López-Gatel.

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