MEXICO CITY: Mexico on Monday launched the Covid 19 vaccine for adolescents with chronic diseases in the capital, the latest step in a vaccination campaign in one of the countries most affected by the epidemic.
Officials in Mexico City say they have begun using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 17.
Fifteen-year-old Paula Abigail Chocoz, who has diabetes, was among those who wore some school uniforms.
Her mother, Iliana Silva, said she had been “very nervous” since the outbreak began that her daughter would be affected, but now she was feeling “a little calmer”.
The northwestern state of Baja California, which borders the United States, has also begun vaccinating minors with serious illnesses.
The Mexican government has not included minors in its national immunization plan, saying exposing them to immunizations at an early age could affect their immune systems.
However, a court ruled this month that the policy must be changed to protect minors between the ages of 12 and 17 from widespread immunizations.
About 25 million schoolchildren returned to classrooms in late August, and some parents have taken legal action to vaccinate their children.
In a country of 126 million people, the official death toll from Cove 19 is more than 286,000, the fourth highest in the world.
About 53.5 million adults in Mexico have been fully vaccinated.
Elsewhere in the region, Nicaragua on Monday began vaccinating two-year-olds with the Cuban-made Cuvid 19 vaccine.
Officials in the Central American country say they plan to voluntarily vaccinate about 2.1 million children and adolescents.