COVID-19 Vaccines for Children to Arrive to MexicoBy Sofía Garduño | Wed, 06/29/2022 - 18:17
The vaccination campaign for children between five and 11 years old started this week in 11 states and will last three months. As of today, 146,699 doses have been applied, reaching 1 percent of this group. A second dose will be applied after a period of four to eight weeks. Next week, Mexico will receive over 1 million of Pfizer-BioNTech doses to continue this campaign, as reported by the Ministry of Health. Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell invited parents to vaccinate their children.
“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 López-Gatell.
Additionally, López Gatell warned of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases during the past 10 weeks. Nonetheless, the raise in hospital bed occupations has been small. The number of deaths caused by SARS-CoV-2 has not increased as about 87 percent of Mexico’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“We are experiencing the fifth COVID-19 wave; however, we can say now that the worst stage of the pandemic has already passed. But this does not mean that the prevention measures have to ease, they have to be strictly followed because the health of society, our families and ours depend on this. The variant that is circulating is less virulent but hospitalizations and deaths are very likely to increase amid the high number of cases that are going to happen,” said Samuel Ponce, Coordinator of the University Commission for the Attention of the Coronavirus Emergency, UNAM.
The fifth wave has already surpassed Mexico’s first one in terms of cases, as reported by Forbes. Mexico City, the State of Mexico and Nuevo Leon are the states that have reported the highest number of positive cases.
Cases are rising because not every subvariant of Omicron had arrived in the country. The BA12-1 and BA4BA5 are affecting at a larger level those who have not been vaccinated. “The disease can affect everyone, those that have a lot of mobility and that are among large crowds of people without wearing a face mask are at higher risk, ” said Alejandro Macias, Member of the University Commission for the Attention of the Coronavirus Emergency, UNAM.