Minors to be Vaccinated Only with COFEPRIS Approved DosesBy Rodrigo Andrade | Thu, 06/30/2022 - 17:05
During a plenary session, Mexico’s Supreme Court (SCJN) approved the vaccination of children between five and 11 years old and teenagers between 12 and 17 years old against COVID-19. These two groups will only be vaccinated using those vaccines approved by the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS).
“The granting of a suspension for the application to children of a vaccine not authorized by COFEPRIS would jeopardize their health and integrity,” said Margarita Ríos-Farjart, Minister, SCJN. Vaccination for these groups started this week in 11 states and is expected to last three months.
News of the vaccination comes at the same time when Mexico surpassed the 6-million mark of COVID-19 infections. Since the first confirmed case was announced, the country has seen a total of 325,669 deaths from COVID-19. As of June 29, 2022, there are 132,594 COVID-19 active cases, with most cases clustered around urban areas Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Yucatan, Colima, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Nayarit.
“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 will happen,” said Samuel Pone, Coordinator of the University Commission for the Attention of the Coronavirus Emergency, UNAM, as reported by MBN.