Mexico’s capital rolls out first COVID-19 booster shots – Community News

Mexico’s capital rolls out first COVID-19 booster shots

An employee at US auto parts maker Lear Corporation receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination program for its employees in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Aug. 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 6 (Reuters) – Officials in Mexico City will begin offering a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to residents 60 and older on Tuesday, officials said, as part of a government plan to roll out booster shots .

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week the third doses would be made available as soon as possible, starting with the elderly who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The first booster shots in the massive capital of nearly 10 million people will be AstraZeneca doses given to residents of the southern Tlalpan neighborhood, officials told a news conference Monday.

To be eligible, people must have had their first two doses six months ago.

The health ministry on Monday reported 110 more deaths from COVID-19 and 752 new cases, bringing the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 295,312 and the total number of infections to 3,902,015.

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Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Sandra Maler, Robert Birsel

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