It’s finally happened. After months of waiting for vaccinations, 30-year-olds can finally register for vaccinations against the Covid-19 virus, federal government and health authorities announced last week at a conference held by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Slowly, the Mexican government has been releasing the covid vaccinations by age groups of Mexican citizens and residents.
The Mexican government has been coming under scrutiny for its implementation of a vaccination program. Currently, 28,198,409 people have been vaccinated—out of a total population of 127.6 million. That means only 22% of the population has been vaccinated.
Of those 28 million who have been vaccinated:
Sadly, the pandemic continues to rage in Mexico while other countries have been steadily opening. On a typical day, the government will administer 525,000 shots. Hopefully, Mexico can continue to vaccinate its population and end this pandemic soon.
The issue is one of supply shortages. Mexico is administering vaccines as fast as they receive them. Much of these supply shortages are due to the lack of fulfillment of delivery of the Russian vaccine. 24 million doses of the Russian Sputnik vaccines were promised, however, in all eight shipments that Mexico has recieved—only 4,000,000 doses have actually been shipped.
To make matters worse, the shipments are delivered in bulk liquid containers, and it’s up to Mexican health infrastructure to put them into vials, which takes resources, and thus, more time.
In the end, digital nomads, snowbirds, and expats may not want to get the Russian or Chinese vaccine because they do not qualify for entry into the European Union or the United States! That’s right, the World Health Organization has not approved the Chinese or Russian vaccine, so if you’re planning a trip to Europe or the US, then you might want to make sure you get Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovolac.
It’s not all doom and gloom in this article! There are some reasons for optimism. Overall, Mexico is administering vaccines as they arrive. About 2.5 million vaccines are arriving each week in Mexico (from wherever they can get them).
Prioritization of the vaccine has been pushed to touristic areas like Baja California and Quintana Roo, and border municipalities because this is where most international traffic occurs. For example, a special vaccination operation in Baja California is already vaccinating those 18 and older who are receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Janssen. (Over 720,000 people have received the vaccination under this program).
AMLO, the Mexican president, claims that with the shipments we have planned to receive, those being received, and the vaccines that are being bottled here in Mexico—Mexico will have 50,578,275 doses.
As Mexico continues to overcome struggles in their national vaccination scheme, many expats and nomads are flying home to their home countries to get vaccinated. In the coming months, we hope that Mexico will be able administer the covid-19 vaccinations in time.
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For several years, Rafael has been crafting articles to help expats and nomads in their journey abroad. He takes great pride in meticulously researching the ins-and-outs of bureaucratic processes in different countries around the world. A digital nomad for almost a decade, Rafael also enjoys exploring cultural phenomena in his articles to better help expats and nomads assimilate. If you have any questions or issues with the content of an article, he’s the one to contact for further information.