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Seniors must sign up for COVID booster injections: Ministry of Health

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Health officials are asking older people to register online for their COVID-19 boosters, hoping to avoid scenes like this in March in Puebla.

Pre-registration is not required but will speed up the process, health officials say

Seniors must register on the government’s immunization website before receiving their COVID-19 booster shots, Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said on Tuesday.

The federal government said earlier this month that registration was not required, but López-Gatell said it would help speed up the process at vaccination centers.

“When we announced the booster injections, we indicated that pre-registration would not be necessary, but we detected that it is advisable to have pre-registration,” he said at the conference. morning press release by President López Obrador.

“… We do not want the elderly to wait a long time in vaccination centers … so it is important to register,” said the deputy minister.

Seniors should register for a booster on the mi vacuna (my vaccine) website. Candidates who have been vaccinated are required to enter their CURP ID number, the date of their most recent injections – six months must have passed to be eligible for a reminder – and their address.

López-Gatell announced last week that people aged 60 and over will receive booster shots of AstraZeneca COVID-19 regardless of the vaccine they were initially inoculated with. Application of boosters has already started in some states. Additional doses will also be made available to young adults, but that seems unlikely until next year.

As of Monday, more than 137.9 million doses of the vaccine have been given to some 81 million people, most of whom are fully immunized. The first-dose vaccination rate in adults is over 85% but only 63% in the general population, according to The New York Times immunization tracker.

Meanwhile, the backlog of cases in Mexico stands at nearly 3.92 million after the health ministry reported 771 new cases on Monday. The official death toll from COVID-19 has increased by 49 to 296,721. However, the actual number of deaths is believed to be much higher.

With reports from Milenio