As the Omicron variant continues hiking up COVID-19 cases in Mexico and initiates a fourth wave of contagions, the application of booster shots for teachers has been delayed. But registration for adults over 40 years of age is now open.
After applying booster shots to the country’s elderly, the Federal Government had announced plans to vaccinate the next target groups, teachers, on Saturday, Jan. 8. These plans were set after the US announced the donation of 2.7 million vaccine doses to Mexico. However, the current wave of infections there prevented the doses from being donated.
The vaccines would have been distributed in two rounds, with 1.2 million doses being distributed in 16 states and the rest to the remaining states the following Monday. Despite these plans, the Omicron variant has severely driven up cases in the US with as many as 1 million new daily cases being reported on Jan. 3.
Despite this delay, the Mexican government this Wednesday opened up additional dosage registration for all adults over the age of 40. The day before, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer had announced that registration would open up for teachers, pregnant women and adults over the age of 50. But on the official registration website, mivacuna.salud.gob.mx, the option “I am 40 years old or older and I request a reinforcement vaccine” became available for CURP carriers.
The dates for the vaccination of this group as well as plans for the vaccination of teachers are still undetermined but the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the country, since the holiday season attracted many tourists that did not have to follow any safety regulations to enter the country.
Cases in the country were reported to have reached 4.03 million after 25,821 cases were reported yesterday. Baja California remains the country’s largest hot spot for cases per 100 residents while popular tourism areas are also seeing large surges.
Of the country’s 128.9 million residents, 64 percent have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 57 percent are fully vaccinated. It is still early to calculate the percentage of individuals who have received additional doses but many Mexicans with the means to travel opted for getting additional vaccinations during holiday travel abroad, some traveling specifically to get vaccinated due to not knowing when booster vaccines would be available at home.