• Glenn Wilson
    It is expected that between March and April all older adults will be vaccinated ...

    Vaccinating older people reduces mortality from COVID-19 by 80% ...

    Campaign begins There will be vaccines for everyone, please WaitYourTurn ...

    Expected Vaccine Arrivals in Mexico
    Source (at 17:47).
    The vaccines expected through March and April are more than enough to complete Stage 1 (primarily front line Covid health care workers), Stage 2 (other health care workers and those 60 and over) and Stage 3 (ages 50-59) of Mexico's vaccination plan.

    See Selected Recent Vaccination News below for more.
    Current Stage
    Mexico started Stage 1 (primarily front line Covid health care workers) in December and started Stage 2 (other health care workers and those 60 and over) on February 15. It is expected that both Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be executing simultaneously until Stage 1 completes.

    National Policy Highlights
    The Planned Schedule

    Specific objectives
    Immunize at least 70% of the population in Mexico to achieve herd immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
    • 100% of the health personnel who work in the care of COVID-19.
    • 95% of the population from the age of 16.

    The GTAV (grupo técnico asesor para la vacuna -- technical advisory group for the COVID-19 vaccine) recommends carrying out a strategy focused on reducing the number of deaths associated with COVID-19, designed based on the mortality observed in Mexico. ...

    As recommended by the GTAV, age is the first priority axis with which the number of people killed by COVID-19 in Mexico will be reduced. (See also: "Vaccinate the 20% of the country that represent 95% of the deaths"). It is seconded by the personal comorbidities of those who are going to receive the vaccine ... the priority axis 1: age of the people, continues to be the main axis, with an emphasis on vaccinating as a priority within each age group those living with comorbidities. ...

    Prioritization of the population to be vaccinated
    Vaccination of older adults will have a primary focus on greater territorial vulnerability, so it will start with the population residing in dispersed rural areas and will progressively continue until reaching metropolitan areas. ...

    In entities where the epidemic risk traffic light remains green, an indication that the entity is at the lowest possible epidemic risk at that time, the teaching staff becomes a priority group to be immunized given the importance of returning to school activities face-to-face, thus mitigating the risk of educational and development lag for minors. ...

    Stage 2: February 2021 - April 2021
    (In Stage 2) ... more than 10 thousand vaccination points are considered in the 32 states of the country. Brigades of 12 members will be integrated, which include 30 thousand servants of the nation assigned to the Ministry of Welfare, in addition to the personnel of the various institutions of the health sector, Sedena, Navy and voluntary personnel (if required).

    It will begin by immunizing three million older adults residing in rural areas and gradually continue to small and medium-sized cities until reaching metropolitan areas and completing the goal for this stage.

    Source: National policy for vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 for the prevention of COVID-19 in Mexico. Guiding document. Published January 12, 2021. PolVx_COVID_-11Ene2021.pdf (sp).

    How to register for the Covid Vaccine in Mexico - Now Open for 60+ year olds.
    The registration for the vaccination against COVID of older adults (60+ years) has started.
    You'll want to get your name on the list, but it is not "first registered, first vaccinated."

    Feb 12: There are reports of people being called to check if they want the vaccine and are able to travel to where the vaccines will be administered. No appointments set yet, but instruction that they will call back within the week with date and location details.Covid-19 SMA

    How to register for the Covid Vaccine in Mexico - Now Open for 60+ year olds.

    What vaccines are approved for use in Mexico?
    • Pfizer
    • AstraZeneca / Oxford
    • Gameleya Sputnik V
    • CanSino (aka 'CanSinoBio' or 'CanSino Biologics')
    • Sinovac
    CanSino is a single dose vaccine. The other approved vaccines require two doses.

    How well do various vaccines reduce severe COVID disease & death?
    What you care about is hospitalizations and deaths.Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

    Source: How well do various vaccines reduce severe COVID disease & death?

    What you care about is hospitalizations and deaths.Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

    Daily COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people
    Image captured 6:48 am Feb 27 2021. Source (click to see latest version).

    Total COVID-19 vaccines administered, normalized by population
    Image captured 6:48 am Feb 27, 2021. Source (click to see latest version).

    Additional Information

    Selected Recent Vaccination News
    087. Mexico has received almost four million doses of vaccines against COVID-19.
    Two million 383 thousand 411 doses have been applied in Mexican territory.

    Ministry of Health launches strategy Take them to vaccinate so that relatives or acquaintances of older adults contribute to immunization.

    Campaign begins There will be vaccines for everyone, please WaitYourTurn.

    One year after the detection of the first case of COVID-19 in Mexico, two million 383 thousand 411 vaccines have been applied in our country to health personnel, teachers in the state of Campeche and older adults, out of a total of three million 839 1,625 received, announced the general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra.

    At the head of the press conference on the update of the COVID-19 Daily Technical Communiqué, he explained that, of the total number of vaccines that the Government of Mexico has received, 1,769,625 are from Pfizer-BioNTech; 870 thousand AstraZeneca from India; one million from Sinovac and 200 thousand from Sputnik V.

    Referring to the vaccines that will be packaged in Querétaro and in the State of Mexico, he specified that the first doses are expected to be completed in the first week of March. These vaccines will be submitted to verification by the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), and the date of their application will be defined later.

    Alomía Zegarra reported that one million 049 thousand 393 adults over 60 have received the vaccine. In addition, 751 thousand 178 health workers have the first dose and 565 thousand 377 have completed the vaccination scheme, which represents 75 percent progress. "In the following days we will be reaching 100 percent complete schemes in health workers," he commented.

    The director general of Epidemiology indicated that advanced age is a risk factor for fatality and mortality from COVID-19, for which the Technical Advisory Group on Vaccination (GTAV) of Mexico established that older adults should be included in the second stage of the National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Mexico http://bit.ly/3sCIFia

    According to the analyzes, the fatality and mortality from COVID-19 doubles in people over 60 years old and triples in those who are 70 and 80 years old. As the next shipments arrive, this population sector will continue to be vaccinated in the 32 states.

    Faced with the challenge posed by the impossibility of traveling to the vaccination points, the Ministry of Health launched the TakevalosAVacunar campaign as a call to relatives or acquaintances of older adults to support them so that they are immunized.

    Neighbors, neighbors or relatives can also be a channel to identify those who have a disability that prevents them from moving, so that a brigade can vaccinate them at home.

    The campaign There will be vaccines for everyone, please EsperaTuTurno also begins , since it is important that those who are not yet part of the groups that are immunized at this time, wait their turn. As more shipments arrive, the Government of Mexico will advance the vaccination plan.
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    086. Vaccinating older people reduces mortality from COVID-19 by 80%.
    It is an act of social justice and equity, due to the limited infrastructure in rural areas that puts people over 60 at risk in case of contagion.

    The application of the vaccine against COVID-19 to 20 percent of the population in Mexico, represented by older adults, will reduce mortality from this cause by 80 percent, according to the analysis of the Technical Advisory Group on Vaccination (GTAV) of Mexico, made up of experts in the field of immunology, vaccination, infectology, sociology, health systems and economics.

    For this reason, the National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, to Prevent COVID-19 in Mexico, considers older adults as a priority group due to their impact on reducing mortality.

    Vaccination of older adults in rural areas is an act of social justice and equity, since, if a person living in these areas becomes infected, the response capacity is limited due to the diminished infrastructure that puts them at greater risk, explained the director general of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece), Ruy López Ridaura.

    Likewise, given the limited capacity of vaccine production by pharmaceutical companies, and with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of the operation, the total coverage of rural areas has been privileged, rather than a small proportion, less than 10 percent, in regions urbanized, he added.

    It is necessary to advance in the 32 states, "we could not dedicate all vaccines to only one city when mortality is high in older adults in practically all cities," hence the shipments are distributed throughout the country, he said.

    However, the vaccination plan advances simultaneously in rural and urban areas as the number of vaccines that arrive in the country increases, as has happened with the application of the vaccine in municipalities of Mexico City and Ecatepec, a municipality with one of the higher mortality rates.

    The general director of Cenaprece recalled that there are vaccines that operationally facilitate their management in rural areas such as AstraZeneca and Sinovac, while Pfizer-BioNTech and Sputnik V are distributed preferably in urban areas.

    According to the vaccination schedule, it is expected that between March and April all older adults who accepted the application of the vaccine will have been vaccinated, and probably 60 percent of them will have the second dose.

    As of February 26, 955,269 people over the age of 60 received their first dose of vaccine.

    It is worth mentioning that according to the document National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, to Prevent COVID-19 in Mexico, the recommendation of vaccines to older adults was the result of a meticulous analysis of national and international information. Specific studies of health risks, poverty and inequity in relation to infection and death by COVID-19 carried out at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) were reviewed, in addition to the criteria for the promotion of human well-being, equal respect, global equity , national equity, reciprocity and legitimacy.

    The national vaccination policy against COVID-19 takes into account four priority axes: age of the people, personal comorbidities, priority care groups and behavior of the epidemic.
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    Government of Mexico receives 800 thousand doses of Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19.
    It is the second shipment from the China-based laboratory. The previous week, 200 thousand biologicals arrived, bringing them to one million. ...

    The Government of Mexico has received until this Saturday, a total of 12 shipments -17 flights- with vaccines from four different laboratories, which are broken down as follows ...
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    085. No entity will be red on the Epidemic Risk Traffic Light from the following week.
    He called on the population to wait their turn, "order will bear fruit and we will all receive at the time our dose corresponds to us," he said.
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    COVID-19 SMA Vaccine Update Mexico - English
    February 26, 2021

    Elizabeth Burleigh, MPH, PhD

    The Weekly Vaccine Update is designed to keep you informed regarding COVID-19 vaccine news in Mexico. It supplements and reinforces information provided through the COVID-19 SMA website or FB page, which should be read daily. Information comes from reliable sources, which are referenced throughout the article.
    COVID-19 SMA Vaccine Update Mexico - English (Facebook).

    081. Early return to class could pose a risk of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks.
    Secretaries of Health and Public Education work with associations of private schools in the elaboration of protocols.

    Regardless of their nationality, every person in Mexican territory must receive the vaccine. ...

    He referred to the vaccination of foreigners and clarified that the National Policy on Vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, for the Prevention of COVID-19 includes all people who are in Mexican territory regardless of their nationality.

    Those who attend the vaccination cells are aware that older adults of another nationality can receive the vaccine, regardless of whether they have a Unique Population Registry Code (CURP) or any document that identifies them. They must also register in the system to locate them when they require their second dose, he explained.
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    079. Migrants in Mexican territory will also receive vaccine against COVID-19.
    Migrants who are in Mexican territory are considered to receive the vaccine against COVID-19, in such a way that those who are 60 years old or older can register on the mivacuna.salud.gob.mx platform, said the general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra.

    During the press conference to present the update of the Daily Technical Communiqué on COVID-19, he said in a remote link that, to receive guidance in the absence of any official identification document, they can rely on the Roadrunner Brigades that are located at the points of vaccination. If there was availability of vaccine, that same day they could apply it; otherwise, they will be assigned an appointment.

    Vaccination of migrants is carried out in accordance with the stages defined in the National Policy on Vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 Virus for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Mexico, he said. ...
    Gobierno de México (sp) | English.

    Vaccine Roll-Out Interview for San Miguel de Allende
    February 17, 2021 Interview with Edgar Fernando Tovar Rico Roadrunner Brigade Coordinator/Coordinator Nation’s Servers.

    The interview covers useful information and is split into these sections:
    1. On-line registration
    2. Confirmation Call
    3. The Appointment Call
    4. Appointment Day/Vaccination
    5. Side Effects/Waiting
    6. General Questions

    To highlight two of the questions and answers:
    3d. Will they be told which vaccine they will be receiving now or any time before the appointment?
    No. There 5 vaccines approved in Mexico. There is a distribution plan that considers localities and populations. For example, the Pfizer vaccine requires sub-zero specialized refrigeration so is being allocated for healthcare workers and urban centers that have adequate cold chain storage. It would not be used in remote areas. Another example, the Cansino vaccine is a one dose shot and is best suited for remote areas. Having said this, MUCH depends on the pharmaceutical companies and their ability to produce and supply. The current thinking is for those in the 60+ timeframe in these localities, will be receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    4b. Do we know when the vaccines will arrive in SMA?
    Right now, we estimate in 2 weeks. That could change if any of the pharmaceutical supply changes.
    Vaccine Roll-Out Interview for San Miguel de Allende (Direct link to interview google document)
    Also see:
    SMA Covid-19: Vaccine Roll-Out Interview for San Miguel de Allende (Facebook)
    SMA Covid-19: The Confirmation Call Script (Facebook)
    SMA Covid-19: Appointment calls with the COVID vaccine. (Facebook)
    SMA Covid-19: An "ah-ha moment" worth considering on many levels. (Facebook)
    GW: We are so lucky to have the Covid-19 SMA group. The interview is brought to us by Jessica Frick-Liston, Kate Greenaway with the help of Joanna Francis. Follow the group on Facebook during this pandemic or, if you don't use Facebook, visit the page every day: Covid-19 SMA.
    One year after the first infection, more than a million older adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
    It is expected that between March and April all older adults will be vaccinated
    Infobae (sp) | English.

    The day of vaccination against Covid ends in Cortazar.
    This Saturday 13 thousand 425 vaccines were applied and 225 were still pending; older adults were vaccinated this weekend
    Periodico Correo (sp) | English.

    COVID Guanajuato vaccines: Last doses of first batch are applied in Cortazar.
    This February 27, the last doses of the COVID vaccine arrived in Cortazar were applied; it is unknown when doses of the vaccine from China, Sinovac, will reach the state.
    Periódico AM (sp) | English.

    Vaccination against COVID in Guanajuato: in León, Celaya and Irapuato they would pre-register.
    Vaccination against COVID-19 in the most populated municipalities of Guanajuato would be carried out with a pre-registration to speed up the application of vaccines.
    Periódico AM (sp) | English.

    10 thousand older adults from Cortazar were vaccinated yesterday, thanks to the coordination between Health and the Army.
    CORTAZAR. - Last Wednesday, 13 thousand Pfizer vaccines arrived in Guanajuato, which were destined for the elderly in the municipality of Cortazar. Yesterday, Friday, they began with the vaccination of the elderly, the State Health Secretariat coordinated with the army to go looking for those who did not ...
    News San Miguel (sp) | English.

    More organized the second day of vaccination in Cortazar.
    Foreigners kept arriving despite exhortations from the head of the SSG
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) | English.
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