Nineteen of Mexico’s 32 states have first-dose COVID-19 vaccination rates above 70 percent, the health ministry reported Wednesday.
Mexico City, the country’s coronavirus epicenter since the start of the pandemic, has the highest coverage among the eligible population with 93% of adults having had at least one vaccine.
Querétaro ranks second with 92% followed by Quintana Roo (86%) and Yucatán and Sinaloa (both 85%).
Five other states have rates of 80% or more. These are Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí, Baja California and Tamaulipas.
Nine other states have rates above 70%: Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Durango, Nuevo León, Sonora, Hidalgo, Colima, Coahuila and Nayarit.
The national vaccination rate is 69% with 61.4 million adults having received at least one injection. When Mexico’s child population is taken into account, the country’s vaccination rate drops to just under 50%.
Minors have not been vaccinated in Mexico with the exception of a small number of teenagers who have obtained injunctions ordering them to be vaccinated. However, the number may increase.
An opposition politician from Nuevo León said on Wednesday that vaccination orders had been registered on behalf of 1,800 young people in Nuevo León.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 7,040 new cases on Thursday, bringing Mexico’s cumulative tally to just under 3.55 million. The official death toll from COVID-19 rose by 433 to 270,436, a figure the government has acknowledged is a significant undercount.
There are just under 80,000 estimated active cases across Mexico, a significant drop from the peak of the delta variant-induced third wave last month. Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said on Tuesday that the pandemic was now in decline in all 32 states.
Mexico Daily News