More than a month after the start of the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) has distributed 7.3 million doses in 1,523 Family Medicine Units (UMF) throughout the country.
At a press conference, the general director of Social Security, Zoé Robledo, said that by December 31, 14.4 million vaccines are expected to be applied, the same ones that seek to receive this immunization in the context of the pandemic.
“There are more vaccines than last year, in fewer days,” he said.
The head of Social Security said that the demand of the population increased, “what we would say so that spaces of mistrust are not generated is that people call and seek information before even going, first to find out if they are going to receive the vaccine or not based on whether it is a white group ”.
Further, 100 percent of the health personnel are vaccinated.
In addition, the coordinator of Comprehensive Health Care at the First Level, Dr. Manuel Cervantes Ocampo, said that in the sixth installment of
vaccines for November 30, there will be 1.3 million additional doses.
“We are very sure that by December 31 we will be completing our 14.4 million vaccines.”
In one week, from November 11 to 17, 570 thousand doses were applied.
Until November 17, 3.3 million immunizations have been applied to protect white groups and those with risk factors, equivalent to 23.2 percent of the universe of immunizations to be applied.
For patients with heart disease it is 54.1 percent; with respiratory disorders such as uncontrolled asthma, 42.2 percent; and people living with HIV, 42.1 percent, this within the population group with risk factors.
In the case of the white groups, Cervantes Ocampo stressed that the pace is being “tightened”, in girls and boys from 6 to 59 months, 16.3 percent have been vaccinated and in adults 60 years and older, 18 percent , “Our concern is that these two groups go to the FMU to continue advancing.”
To receive the vaccine: in Family Medicine Units, from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and in semi-fixed modules, from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.