Vaccinations for people 60 and over begin today in Mérida

Centro residents living west of Avenida Itzaes line up for shots the first day Yucatán's coronavirus vaccination program reached Mérida. Photo: Mark Callum
Centro residents living west of Avenida Itzaes line up for shots on the first day Yucatán’s coronavirus vaccination program reached Mérida. Photo: Mark Callum

All 16 COVID-19 vaccination sites in the city are ready to begin operation, health authorities in Mérida confirmed.

It is expected that today alone 11,000 men and women 60 and over will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mérida. 

Residents who registered and should receive a text message may receive other instructions.

The Villa Palmira Sports Complex in southern Mérida prepares for the first day of a coronavirus vaccination campaign. Photo: Courtesy

Vaccinations in Mérida will continue until April 18 and are to be administered according to each person’s birth month.

Vaccination centers are assigned geographically according to postal codes. It is important that the address listed on each person’s ID or papers matches their assigned vaccination center. 

Mexico’s federal government has confirmed that foreigners residing in the country are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccines. To receive the vaccine foreigners must produce a valid immigration document, but may be required to present additional forms of ID and a utility bill that connects their name to an address. 

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Mexico has set aside 129,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for seniors in Mérida. 

Centro residents living west of Avenida Itzaes line up for shots the first day Yucatán’s coronavirus vaccination program reached Mérida. Photo: Mark Callum

A date for the second dose of the vaccines was not announced, but guidelines from the manufacturer indicate the ideal timeframe to be between four and 12 weeks. 

Several thousand doses were also applied early this week to medical professionals who were still waiting for their second inoculation.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.