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Yucatán governor: Teachers next in line for COVID-19 vaccinations

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Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal presents AMLO with a plan for teacher vaccination in Yucatán. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal plans to place teachers next in line for COVID-19 vaccines. 

The governor told President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that once people 60 and over have been fully inoculated against COVID-19, the vaccination of teachers should be the next priority in Yucatán.

Vila Dorsal presented the president with a document — signed by Yucatán’s mayors — echoing his opinion on the matter. 

López Obrador reportedly agreed with the suggestion and said that vaccinating Yucatán’s education professionals would be a move in the right direction. 

The meeting between the two officials took place near Izamal last week when they both inspected progress on section four of the controversial Tren Maya project.

Earlier: Yucatán has now received over 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines, but seniors in Mérida have yet to see any

It remains unclear when state and federal authorities expect vaccination campaigns in Yucatán to finalize for the 60-and-over cohort. 

With a population of approximately 2.3 million, Yucatán has received just over 60,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. However, there is good reason to think that larger shipments will arrive in the state in the coming weeks. 

Mexico’s secretary for foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrad Casaubón, announced on Monday a deal with the Chinese government to deliver 22 million COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mexico is also expecting further shipments of up to 600,000 doses from Pfizer-BioTech.

The method used by the federal government to calculate how vaccines are to be allocated to each state is unknown. 

If the 22 million vaccines expected from China were to be distributed evenly amongst Mexican states, Yucatán could expect up to 687,500 doses. However, if the doses were distributed to account for the population of each state, the number of doses Yucatán should expect would be much lower, but still, be very significant.

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