PRI and PAN senators urged the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, to present the studies and scientific evidence on which the Mexican government relies for not vaccinating minors between 5 and 14 years of age, as is the case in practically the whole world, as well as to the Foreign Ministry report on The number of donated vaccines to other countries.
The senator of the PRI, Nuvia Mayorga Delgado, presented a point of agreement before the Permanent Commission of Congress where the head of the Ministry of Health is exhorted to inform this sovereignty about the convenience studies for vaccination against COVID-19, of the adolescent and child population in Mexico, from the age group of 5 to 14 years and, where appropriate, prioritize their immunization.
Also, as the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, to report on the number of vaccines against this disease donated to other countries, including Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay, Belize, Bolivia, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the criteria that motivated those decisions.
After the undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez Gatell, reiterated this week its denial of vaccines to minors for being “low priority”“opposition senators described the official’s position as “criminal” when there are almost 50 million vaccines stored and continue to be donated to various nations.
Mayorga explained that the health authorities have not considered to date the vaccination process for the age group under 15 years of age, which according to their educational level has gradually returned to their school activities during the year 2021.
Data from the 2020 Population and Housing Census indicate that In Mexico there are 31.8 million girls and boys from 0 to 14 years old of age, which in relative terms represent 25.3 percent of the total population.
“Hence, the outlook is worrying as there is no immunized child population, in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO for each age group.
In addition to this problem, it is known that, in recent months, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs has reported on a series of donations of vaccines against COVID-19 to various countries, mainly in Latin America, as part of the proposal for universal access and equity. in access to vaccines.
“In our country we live under the anxiety of the contagion of COVID-19 in the child population, its effects and, above all, the vaccination of girls and boys in the age group under 15 years of age, while in other countries such as Spain, the United States of America (USA) and Uruguay, to name a few, already vaccinate a population between 5 and 11 years old,” he said.
For his part, the PAN senator, Damian Zepeda, described as “negligent and criminal” the vaccination policy that denies access to immunization to minors in Mexico and said that legal action should be taken against López Gatell.
Manuel Anorve, deputy coordinator of the PRI in the Senate, agreed that the undersecretary of Health has had a “criminal” attitude towards handling the pandemic and especially on issues such as the use of face masks, COVID tests and now the refusal of vaccines to children, so you must not only give up, but there must be an “investigation for this negligence that has claimed thousands of lives.