300 Youth Vaccinated In San Luis Rio Colorado Though Binational Campaign
Mexico has not yet opened up its COVID-19 vaccination program to anyone under 18. But a group of minors in a Sonoran border town received their first doses this week as part of a binational vaccination effort.
About 300 kids ages 12 to 17 received first doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the border municipality of San Luis Rio Colorado this week.
Mayor Santos Gonzalez Yescas says the vaccines came through a partnership between the Mexican Consulate in Yuma and the University of Arizona.
"It's more than excellent," he said. "It's really important for the protection of our older adults."
But he added that securing vaccines for minors was difficult, because his city is the first city to openly offer vaccines to people under 18.
Until now, most vaccinated children have either been able to receive a vaccine outside of Mexico, for example by flying to the United States, or through court injunctions which have been filed across the country by families concerned for the health of their children.
Mexico’s president has insisted that children should not receive shots until all adults are fully vaccinated. Though he walked that back slightly on Wednesday with an announcement that vaccinations for more than a million children "who require special treatment" because they have certain illnesses or disabilities would begin shortly.
Gonzalez said about 80% of people over 18 are either fully vaccinated or waiting on their second dose in San Luis Rio Colorado, and officials are planning another vaccination campaign in early October to inoculate 1,700 more children.