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Health authorities analyze possible booster shots for Mexico’s elderly

Mexico City, Mexico — Health officials in Mexico are analyzing the possible application of a third booster dose of the covid-19 vaccine to older adults. The news was announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) who said that the possibility of a booster vaccine is being looked at, especially for older adults, in a change of strategy regarding the immunization policy carried out so far.

“The booster vaccine will be analyzed in some cases, especially for older adults, but that still has to be decided by doctors, specialists,” said the president during his morning conference.

The president acknowledged that of the country’s 126 million citizens, there are still some who are lagging behind in the process, some because they refuse to be vaccinated and others because they are in remote places where health brigades have not arrived.

Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, reported that 76 million people, about 85 percent of the country’s adult population, have received the coronavirus vaccine.

“So far 131,191,713 vaccines have been applied, that is, 75,955,000 people. Only 15% are pending a second dose,” he indicated.

AMLO added that the decision regarding the booster vaccine will only be supported if health specialists suggest it. He reiterated that no one will be forced to be immunized. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ruled out mandatory vaccinations in Mexico, like in some European countries, before the fourth wave.