After a nerve racking eight-week wait, the second round of inoculations for senior Chapala residents rolled out this week on a track as bumpy as local cobblestone streets.
The process of delivery and application of the Sinovac jabs was marred by a series of complications not yet fully resolved as this newspaper went to press.
Problems cropped up almost as soon as a cargo of 96,000 Sinovac doses was unloaded at the Guadalajara International Airport early Monday, May 10. The shipment contained supplies for belated vaccination booster campaigns in Chapala, Ocotlán, Ciudad Guzmán and Guadalajara. Jalisco Health Minister Fernando Petersen Arnaguren promptly announced that the administration of shots would begin in those localities the following day. But the schedule was scrapped only hours later because the shipment arrived without requisite certifications issued by federal health authorities.