Mexico finishes 3-months’ vaccination drive for border residents

Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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The Mexican government has successfully completed a three-months’ vaccination drive for all adult residents of communities along its border with the United States.

When Mexico began the effort in June, it hoped that mass vaccinations would aid in lifting pandemic restrictions on non-essential travel across the border.

It is something that has not yet occurred.

Mexico’s public safety department said it was administering the last 64,000 doses on Tuesday to people in the Gulf Coast border state of Tamaulipas.

In total, the program handed out 3.8 million shots in 45 townships and cities in six states along the border.

The United States donated about 1.35 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to help in the effort.

Mexico officials said the goal was to boost vaccination rates along the border to levels similar to that on the U.S. side.

So far, Mexico has received about 100 million doses of vaccines and given at least 61 million people at least one dose.

But, the Mexican government has so far resisted calls to vaccinate children under 18.

Officials have said eventually they may begin vaccinating people under 18 who have chronic health conditions that can be risky to them.

But in the first mass vaccination of minors, state officials in the border state of Coahuila sent 1,000 children across the border to Eagle Pass, Texas and other places.

There they got their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine administered by members of the Texas National Guard.

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