Following the administrative chaos that prevailed during the first phase of Covid vaccinations in municipal Guadalajara, the federal government has acquiesced to the wishes of the Jalisco Health Department (SSJ) and will introduce an appointments schedule for upcoming inoculation campaigns.
While the Ministry of Welfare (Bienestar) discarded the SSJ’s idea of setting up automatic computer-generated appointments, the federal agency agreed to phone or Whatsapp everyone who has registered on the federal government website, mivacuna.salud.gob.mx, and instruct them when and where to go for a shot. People will also be allocated slots for jabs in alphabetical order, based on the first letter of their surnames.
The vaccination program in municipal Guadalajara is set to resume on Friday, March 26, under this new model. Senior citizens reported Thursday that they had already received Whatsapp messages or calls with the details of where to go for shots. The first three days of the new campaign will be for people whose surnames start with the letters A through F. No vaccines will be given to those without appointments.
Although scheduling appointments was the federal government’s original plan when it set up the registration website in February, for one reason or another it was soon scrapped without any explanation.