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Over 80,000 vaccines delivered in under a week

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Mérida residents in their 40s listen to instructions before receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Over 80,000 people between the ages of 40 and 49 received COVID-19 vaccines in Mérida over the last week. 

Health authorities say that they are happy with the turnout and highlighted the importance of the vaccine as a tool to help the state reopen its economy. 

Vaccinations for people in their 40s started June 9 and will wrap up June 15, a day for people who missed their first appointment.

Despite the high turnout, wait times have been short, with the entire process lasting no more than 40 minutes on average. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht.

There is still no word on when people in this age cohort can expect to receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but it is likely that the announcement will be made in mid to late summer. 

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccines are already being offered to people in their 50’s across the state.

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It is expected that Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal will make an announcement this week regarding the start date of the vaccination program for people in their 30s. 

There has been a good deal of speculation over vaccines for Yucatán residents in their 20s and teens. While this group has the lowest rate of hospitalization, it has recently been suggested that they are in fact driving the current upsurge of infections. 

Authorities in Yucatán are concerned that the growing rate of new cases of COVID-19 could result in an oversaturation of the state’s health infrastructure. 

Over the last few weeks, the average amount of new cases of the virus has risen to 203 a day, beyond even the highest weekly average recorded over the summer of last year.

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