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Quintana Roo health care workers to begin vaccinations next week

Cancun, Q.R. — Governor Carlos Joaquín says that the state’s health care workers will be the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when the vaccines arrive early next week.

He explained that as defined by the federal government, all health care workers will be prioritize to receive the vaccinations before others in the state.

“They will be the doctors, the nursing and administrative personnel, the laboratory workers, the chemists, the technicians, the radiologists, the orderlies, the trusted people, the temporary and paid workers, the cleaning and hygiene personnel of the hospitals where they attend to Covid-19, food and ambulance handlers and social workers who will receive the first doses,” he said.

Joaquin said that the first stage of vaccinations will run from January to February. From January 12 to 18, 7,800 doses will be applied. From January 19 to 25, 2,925 doses will be applied and that from January 26 to February 1, 5,850 vaccines will be administered for a total of 16,575 doses.

After that first stage, the second stage of vaccines will begin between February and April, with the remaining health personnel and with people over 60 years of age. Vaccines from April to May will include residents from 50 to 59 years old, while stage four, from May to June, will see those aged 40 to 49 vaccinated.

He says the remainder of the state’s population will be vaccinated from June of this year to March of 2022. He mentioned that in a talk with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he raised the importance of the state’s population being vaccinated since Quintana Roo consistently receives a large number of foreign visitors.

“We cannot stop the flow of tourists…but instead, we must improve our sanitary fences, check-ups with rapid tests and different diagnoses,” he said.

Joaquin also pointed out the importance of the vaccines due to the new variant of the virus and the flow of tourists that arrive from Europe, noting that Cancun regularly receives flights from cities such as Zurich, Frankfurt and Paris.

He added that he has received a request for help from hotel businessmen to coordinate the possible purchase of vaccines that would allow them to expand their vaccination reach.

On Friday, the head of the Cancun Hotel Association, Roberto Cintrón Gomez said that they were considering a strategy for the northern region that would see the vaccination of tourist service providers along with Covid testing points in the hotel zone.