Mexico City, Mexico — Starting October 1, Mexico will begin taking online reservations for the vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 17. The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell made the announcement last week.
He said that minors with comorbidities will be able to register for the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine proven safe for use in children, since people with comorbidities have an increased chance of infection.
“Children and adolescents who are candidates for the vaccine must suffer from diseases that depress their immune systems either due to a direct condition, the disease itself or because the treatments used for these diseases such as cancer, which depress the immune system and the system’s ability to defend itself against infection,” he explained.
He indicated that they may also suffer from other diseases such as neurological, congenital, Type 1 diabetes or have organ failure such as kidney failure or liver failure. Digestive disorders and adolescent pregnancy is also included, he said.
López-Gatell anticipates that vaccinations for this sector will begin being administered in mid-October, saying that they anticipate between 750,000 to 1.5 million girls, boys and adolescents will register.