Mexico City begins COVID vaccinations for minors at risk – Manila newsletter

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mexico began COVID-19 vaccinations for chronically ill adolescents in the capital on Monday, the latest step in a vaccination campaign in one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic .

AFP / MANILA BULLETIN

Authorities in Mexico City said they have started using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to inoculate minors with co-morbidities between the ages of 12 and 17.

Paola Abigail Chocooj, 15, who suffers from diabetes, was among the participants, some in school uniform.

Her mother Ileana Silva said she had been “very nervous” since the start of the pandemic that her daughter would be infected, but now felt “a little calmer”.

The northwestern state of Baja California, bordering the United States, has also started Covid-19 vaccinations for minors with serious illnesses.

The Mexican government has not included minors in its national vaccination plan, saying exposing them at a young age to the vaccine could affect their immune systems.

However, a court ruled this month that the policy must be changed so that minors between the ages of 12 and 17 have broad immunity – a verdict the government said it was analyzing.

About 25 million schoolchildren returned to classrooms at the end of August and some parents have taken legal action to get their children vaccinated.

The country of 126 million people has an official Covid-19 death toll of more than 286,000, the fourth highest in the world.

About 53.5 million adults have been fully immunized in Mexico.

Elsewhere in the region, Nicaragua on Monday began immunizing children from the age of two with Covid-19 vaccines developed by Cuba.

Authorities in the Central American country have said they are voluntarily planning vaccinations for some 2.1 million children and adolescents.

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