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COVID-19 Vaccination of Older Adults Begins in Jalisco

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February 16, 2021

Jalisco received 58,690 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo Courtesy of the Government of Jalisco.)
Guadalajara, Jalisco - After almost a month without the arrival of vaccines to the country, the federal government announced that the vaccination plan resumed yesterday, when the immunization of adults over 60 years of age in 333 municipalities of Mexico began.

On Sunday, 870,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Mexico, of which 58,690 were delivered to Jalisco, where they will be applied to the elderly who live in marginalized communities in the Colotlán, Tamazula, Ciudad Guzmán, Autlán, Puerto Vallarta and Ameca health regions.

The governor reported that "29 vaccination modules will be installed in the municipalities of these regions, and 320 centers throughout Jalisco. We will coordinate with the federal and military authorities to help with everything necessary to start as soon as possible."

Regarding the second application of the Pfizer vaccine that is pending in thousands of health workers, he said that the biologicals will arrive between Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) promised on Sunday that "by mid-April we will have the entire population of the 15.7 million older adults in the country covered and vaccinated, at least with the first dose, which is already enough protection." According to López Obrador, if the elderly can be inoculated, mortality in Mexico will be reduced by 80%.

He assured that 140 million doses had already been purchased, for which 32 billion pesos were allocated.

AMLO added that the Army has already begun to distribute the vaccines in 1,081 centers located in the 32 states of the Republic.

Of the eight aircraft scheduled for deliveries, the first to leave were for Sinaloa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Durango, Chihuahua and Sonora.

"We made this decision to start in all states, in the most remote and marginalized municipalities, with the poorest population in the country," said López Obrador.

The federal government called on adults to register on the mivacuna.salud.gob.mx website, because although it is not mandatory, it gives them greater control.

El Informador article translated and edited by Luis Antonio for BanderasNews.com.