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Vaccination Plan in Its Final Stages/Universal Health Care

By Paloma Duran | Tue, 03/15/2022 - 13:00

COVID-19 vaccination in its final stage. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell announced that the country has a high COVID-19 vaccination coverage rate, for which the vaccination plan is now in its final stage. “For vaccinations we continue with a low demand for the primary scheme, which confirms that we have reached the end point. Most of the population is covered. We continue to invite those who remain to be vaccinated.”

According to the Ministry of Health, 186 million doses have been applied to 84 million people, which represents a coverage of 90 percent in adults and 54 percent in people between the ages of 14 and 17. Regarding the booster vaccine, 71 percent of people over 60 years have been vaccinated, 48 percent of the 40–59-year-old group and 62 percent of the 30–39-year-old group.

Government will seek to provide free medical care throughout the country. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that now that the impact of the pandemic has subsided, the government's efforts will focus on improving the health system to guarantee free medical care to all Mexicans. “Fortunately, there are fewer COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Now the same health team that dealt with the  pandemic will work to strengthen the health system for the entire population, especially for those who do not have social security.”

The government recently presented the IMSS-Bienestar program, which seeks to provide health care to people without health insurance. Currently, the IMSS has registered 4,474 units located in 13 states. Nayarit is the first state to initiate the program on April 1, where 261 health centers and 16 hospitals will begin providing the service. Later, it will be expanded to cover all states in Mexico.

More than 25,000 people visited AIFA. Ministry of Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval reported that the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) received 25,000 visitors on Sunday for a bicycle ride. “The main purpose of the visit was to showcase Mexico´s Army and Air Force and highlight their construction skills and efforts. We have world class facilities that will benefit the country.

This Sunday, the Ministry of National Defense allowed visitors to the new AIFA terminal for the first time. The visitors cycled more than 24 km and visited the new facilities of the Military Air Base No1, as well as the landing strip. Likewise, old airplanes and helicopters used by the Mexican Air Force were exhibited, as well as modern ones too.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst