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Children COVID-19 Vaccination Program at 20 Percent

By Rodrigo Andrade | Thu, 07/21/2022 - 16:43

Mexico started vaccinating children over five years old against COVID-19 during the last week of June 2022. By July 11, 2022, over 3 million children have received a COVID-19 vaccine, a progress of 20 percent, according to the Ministry of Health.

Today, 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Mexico City International Airport (AICM), corresponding to the seventh shipment of these vaccines to Mexico. This operation was coordinated by the Biological and Reagents Laboratories of Mexico (Birmex), the National Center for the Health of Children and Adolescents (Censia), the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) and 48 elements of the Mexican Army, as reported by the Health Minister.

At the end of June, 146,699 children between five and 11 years old had received at least one dose, as reported by MBN. “This has been a positive experience. We had a lot of support from families and communities. We are witnessing the same solidarity gestures that we experienced when the elderly group was being vaccinated,” said Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell as he invited parents to vaccinate their children. “Vaccination helps keep hospital occupancy at a minimum: 10 percent of general beds and three percent of beds with ventilators [are occupied]”, said López-Gatell, as reported by MBN.

Minors are only being vaccinated with dose approved by COFEPRIS for that age range. “The vaccination of this group is critical, especially considering that seven out of every 10 COVID-19 related deaths are from people that do not have previous report of being vaccinated,” said López-Gatell.

In July 12, 2022, during the 12th meeting of the International Health Regulation’s Emergency Committee, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). “The COVID-19 pandemic still meets the criteria of an extraordinary event that continues to adversely impact the health of the world’s population, and that the emergence and international spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants may present an even greater health impact,” reads the statement, as reported by MBN.

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Rodrigo Andrade Rodrigo Andrade Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst