Some 97 percent of the patients hospitalized in Mexico for covid-19 infections during the current third wave of the pandemic are unvaccinated, Public Health Undersecretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
“The vaccine has a very, very important protective effect in reducing the most serious forms of the disease … where people need to be hospitalized,” the official said when presenting his weekly coronavirus report at the National Palace.
So far, just over 48 million Mexicans have been inoculated with at least one dose of available vaccines against covid-19, he said.
Lopez-Gatell also said that unlike the other outbreaks, the third wave in Mexico has been less lethal and severe in its development.
The Mexican government aims to immunize by October everyone over 18 years old, or about 89.4 million people, with at least one vaccine dose, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Tuesday.
As of Monday, Aug. 2, Mexico had accumulated nearly 2.9 million confirmed covid-19 cases (although unofficial figures calculate that the real number of cases is about twice as high) and more than 241,000 deaths from the disease.