Although vaccines for minors are now being wheeled out, Mexico faces getting left behind when it comes to Covid-19 booster jabs.
Booster shot programs have been under way in the United States and many European nations for some time. As of November 19, nearly 25 million U.S. adults had gotten a Covid vaccine booster shot, according to CDC data. In the United States, shots are available to everyone age 65 and older, as well as adults with a high risk of exposure to Covid due to their jobs or living situations; adults with certain underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of severe illness from Covid; and anyone who got Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.
Meanwhile, the French government this week announced that from December 15, anyone 65 and over must have had a booster jab six months and five weeks after their second jab – or risk being barred from France’s indoor venues.
Also this week, pharma giant Pfizer asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize booster shots of its vaccine for all Americans age 18 and older. The FDA is expected to approve the request before Thanksgiving, according to the New York Times.
Mexican health authorities have so far maintained silence on if or when a booster vaccine program will start here, even for its most vulnerable citizens.