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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

As of Monday, March 8, Mexico City will begin its Phase 3 administration of covid-19 vaccines, covering elderly residents of the Miguel Hidalgo and Azcapotzalco Precincts, the Mexican Social Security Institute announced Saturday, March 6.

As in the case of previous Mexico City precincts, the order for the administration of the vaccines will be alphabetical, based on eligible residents’ first (paternal) last name.

The residents of these two precincts will be given their first shot of the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which employs cutting-edge messenger RNA technology.

The Phase 3 vaccine administration will begin in Miguel Hidalgo, on March 8, for all residents of that precinct age 60 and over whose first last names begin with A or B.

Next up with be those whose last names begin with C, D or E, on Tuesday, March 9.

On March 10, Miguel Hidalgo residents whose last names begin with F, G or H will get their shots.

On March 11, those whose last names begin with I, J, K,L or M will be vaccinated.

On March 12, the vaccines will go to persons whose last names begin with N, Ñ, O, P, Q or R.

On March 13, those with last names beginning with S, T, U or V will be administered vaccines.

And on Sunday, March 14, elderly residents of Miguel Hidalgo with first last names beginning with W, X, Y or Z will get their turn at being vaccinated, along with any elderly residences of that or other Mexico City precincts that have already been covered by the program who, for whatever reason, missed their first shot.

In the case of Azcapotzalco, the procedure will be more or less the same, but will begin on Wednesday, March 10, with last names starting with A or B, followed by those beginning with C, D or E on March 11, those beginning with F, G or H on March 12, those beginning with I, J, K, L or M on March 13, those beginning with N, Ñ, O, P, Q or R on March 14, those beginning with S, T, U or V on March 15, and the rest and backlogged residences of other previously covered precincts on Tuesday, March 16.

Capital city authorities will send a text message to all registered eligible residents of the two precincts specifying the date, time and place for their respective vaccinations.

In the case of the Miguel Hidalgo Precinct, the vaccines will be administered in the Campo Marte military field, next to the National Auditorium, and the Benemérita Escuela Nacional de Maestros.

In Azcapotzalco, the vaccines will be administered at the Mexico City Arena and the Azcapotzalco campus of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.

During the Phase 3 vaccine administration program, the city hopes to administer a total of 165,556 vaccines, according to government officials.

Due to streamlined administration practices implemented by Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, the capital, unlike other parts of the country, has so far managed to meet its vaccination guidelines.

To date, Mexico City has administered vaccines to its elderly residents in the following precincts:  Milpa Alta, Magdalena Contreras, Cuajimalpa, Xochimilco, Tláhuac and Iztacalco.

Those who are eligible for the vaccines should arrive 15 minutes prior to their appointment and bring official photo identification (INE, Mexican passport, FM-2 or FM-3), a copy of their Individual Universal Identification (CURP) and proof of residence (either a recent utilities bill or a recent bank statement).

…March 8, 2021

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