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Most COVID patients who died never got vaccinated

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Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are up, especially among patients who never got vaccinated. Photo: Getty

Roughly 80% of all people in Yucatán who died while fighting COVID-19 in the past month had not been vaccinated against the virus. 

This statistic highlights the importance of vaccination in Yucatán’s fight against COVID-19.

“The data clearly shows that the vaccination campaign is working to prevent deaths from COVID-19, especially among the elderly. Mortality from the virus is still regrettably high, but would doubtless be even worse without vaccines,” said Yucatán’s public health authority, in a press release.

Yesterday, the state recorded another 19 deaths and reported 223 new infections. The number of COVID-19 patients in public hospitals as of yesterday stood at 317.

Health professionals are also warning Yucatán’s population about the arrival to the state of several variants of the COVID-19 virus, which appear to be even more contagious than the original strain.

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Recent studies suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines being currently administered in the state are also effective against these new variants of the virus. 

Concerns stem from recent reports that COVID-19 is spreading through police forces and paramedic brigades in the state at an alarming rate. 

Police in Valladolid announced today that they would be temporarily canceling their morning meetings after 15 officers began to present symptoms earlier this week. 

A new shipment of nearly 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Mérida’s airport yesterday. The freshly arrived vaccines will likely be used to apply second doses to people in their 40’s across the state — though no official announcement has yet been made.

Yesterday’s vaccine shipment contained 44,100 doses of AstraZeneca and 14,400 of Sinovac. Photo: Courtesy

To date, Mexico has reported 2.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 236,233 deaths.

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