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Mexico to wrap up COVID-19 vaccination campaign by October

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Mexico will wrap up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign by October, says President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The last age group to be offered the vaccine will be made up of people between 18 to 29, according to official reports. 

However, the federal government says that it intends to keep a limited stock of COVID-19 vaccines past October for people who change their minds about getting vaccinated.

This week, federal health authorities approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for people as young as 12. 

When asked if the government will offer the vaccine to this cohort the president said, “Right now our priority is to vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 by the end of October, after that, we will see.”

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Yucatán’s government says that it has administered over one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, as well as aid from the federal government, Yucatán is third nationwide when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.

Despite the good turnout at vaccination centers, Yucatán continues to register hundreds of new COVID-19 infections every day, as well as an uptick in deaths with an average of 15 over the last few days. 

Nationwide, roughly 25% of people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But that number is likely to rise considerably over the next few months, given the acceptance of the vaccine among Mexico’s younger population.

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