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Some in Yucatán have expressed fear over receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: File

Over the past couple of days, Mexico has received more than 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Of the total shipment, Yucatán will be receiving 14,413. 

Some medical professionals are reporting that not everyone who is currently being offered the free vaccine is willing to take it.

Resistance to vaccination has been linked to conspiracy theories spread on social media. One rumor focuses on an imagined ploy by the federal government to control recipients of the vaccine through the use of injected micro chips. Others are simply worried about possible medical side effects.

Earlier: Foreigners confirmed eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico

As a result of this reluctance, and in order to not waste vaccines, people traveling from communities outside of the current vaccine coverage area have already been inoculated.

During the coming week, the new shipment of vaccines will be used to inoculate medical professionals who have not yet been vaccinated, as well as persons over the age of 60 in Valladolid, Motul and Conkal.

“I am really happy to have received the vaccine, it really makes me feel much better as I am constantly in contact with COVID-19 patients,” said Nayeli Chan Herrera, a nurse in Kanasín’s epidemiology ward.

Plans are underway to begin expanding coverage to other municipalities as soon as enough new doses are made available.

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