Older Adults In Sonora Begin Receiving Second COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

By Kendal Blust
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:31pm

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Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales, Sonora
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Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales, Sonora, on Monday, April 12, 2021.

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue a slow rollout in Mexico, some older adults in the state of Sonora are finally receiving second doses this week.

Second vaccine doses are being administered to adults 60 and older in eight Sonoran cities this week, where many seniors have waited more than the indicated 21 days between doses.

But most say they still feel a sense of hope and relief with the second shot.

"Peace. I feel a little peace now," said 82-year-old Manuela Navarro as she walked out a large tent in Nogales, Sonora, where she had just received her second vaccine dose.

"Now I can go back to the casino," she added with a laugh.

Others say they’re looking forward to seeing family, or just worrying a little less when they leave the house.

But the vaccination process has been slow in Sonora, and across Mexico. As of Sunday, only about 320,000 vaccine doses had been administered in the state, according to health officials.

By comparison, 4.2 million doses have been given in Arizona.

Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales
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Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales, Sonora on Monday, April 12, 2021.

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