Mexico Kickstarts COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns for TeenagersBy Rodrigo Andrade | Mon, 05/23/2022 - 16:22
While COVID-19 affects people of all ages, vaccinating children was not a priority in Mexico and other countries, delaying the vaccination of this age group. In Mexico City and other states, teenagers from the ages of 12 and over are only beginning to receive COVID-19 vaccines but younger children still have to wait.
“The day they are vaccinated, they must be 12 years old. Today in Mexico, we are applying Pfizer doses labeled for adults due to the active component. In Mexico, the adult dose is approved for people 12 years of age and older,” said Clark García Dobarganes, General Direction, Digital Government.
Other countries have been faster at vaccinating children. The US, for example, has approved some COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as five and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all children between age 5 to 11 years old, according to The Washington Post. This recommendation was taken considering data showing that the vaccine booster improves children’s immune defenses, especially against the new Omicron variant.
About 61 percent of Mexico’s population has a complete vaccination scheme, approximately 79.95 million people, and another 5.98 million are only partly vaccinated, according to Our World In Data. The gaps in vaccination affect many groups, including children under 18 years old.
Official data from Our World In Data.