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Metro-area vaccine rollout improves after shaky start

The Covid-19 vaccination program got off to a rather chaotic start in the Guadalajara metropolitan area Monday, when the first round of shots were administered in the suburban municipality of Tlaqepaque.

pg1aLong lines of elderly people standing in the street without chairs, delays in the arrival of the vaccines, a lack of social distancing and a shortage of bathrooms were just a few of the problems that surfaced. While many people over age 60 had dutifully registered for a vaccine on the federal government’s website, some who turned up expecting to get a shot had not, and the crowds were also boosted by displaced residents from other Jalisco municipalities.

Authorities said 58,800 vaccine doses had been reserved, enough for everyone over age 60 in Tlaquepaque to get a shot.

However, this didn’t stop hundreds of people from forming lines from an early hour, including some who waited overnight so they could be the first ones inoculated on Monday morning.

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