We have all heard about the new vaccination dates for younger people; in fact, certain municipalities have already approved those between 18 and 29 years of age to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
The truth is that the youth did not wait long, and by midday on Tuesday, July 27, crowds like never before were already in more than one district. Moreover, many young people resorted to photoshopping and exchanging proof of residency to obtain the Sputnik vaccine run out by Thursday, July 29, and replaced by AstraZeneca. Crowds showing up for vaccines made the news and brought up the question: will there be enough vaccines for everyone?
On Friday, July 30, Claudia Sheinbaum, the Mexico City Mayor, informed in a press conference that she would ask the National Vaccination Program to speed up the corresponding doses in the rest of the city districts. The truth is that there are still enough vaccines in Mexico for many people, even people outside the 18 to 29 range, to be protected against this virus. However, some people are not all following the rules and are getting ahead of themselves during the process. For example:
“On Wednesday, July 28, 28,859 people were expected to be vaccinated in the Miguel Hidalgo district; however, 54,143 showed up, a difference of 25,275 people between 18 and 29 years of age. In Benito Juarez, 28,035 people were expected on the same day, and 53,637 people turned up, a difference of 25,602. In Gustavo A. Madero, 111,152 people were expected, but 145,569 people arrived, a difference of 34,417.” This information is from Forbes magazine and is a clear example of how a high number of people bypassing the vaccination rollout and showing up in other districts for fear that the vaccines will run out.
The reality could not be further from the truth. All projections for the city’s total vaccination have been carried out; in fact, the vaccination target for the elderly has not been met, which means that there are still plenty of vaccines available. In Mexico, as in many other countries, ensuring that a large percentage of its population becomes immune to the virus continues to be a priority, and the necessary measures are under implementation.