By KELIN DILLON
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced the distribution schedule of the new covid-19 vaccine in his daily press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The government recently revealed it will purchase 34.4 million vaccines from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and with upwards of 200,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccination expected to arrive next month.
Mexico will distribute the newly acquired vaccine to the population in five stages.
The first stage will begin in December 2020, during which the vaccine will be distributed to frontline health workers.
The second stage will take place from February to April 2021, when vaccinations will be given to remaining healthcare personnel, and to people ages 60 and up.
From April to May of 2021, people from age 50 to 59 will receive the covid-19 vaccine as part of the third distribution stage.
The fourth round of vaccinations is scheduled from May to June 2021, for the population between the ages of 40 and 49.
The remaining population will receive vaccinations from June 2021 to March 2022 as part of the fifth and final distribution stage.
AMLO said in his press conference that he would not receive an early vaccination, instead waiting for the stage corresponding to his age.
The Mexican president mentioned that healthcare personnel should be the priority, saying they “have acted as heroes” and “must be protected.”
At age 67, AMLO would be scheduled to receive the vaccine during the second stage of distribution at the beginning of 2021.
…Dec. 9, 2020