The Seventh District Court in the State of Mexico, with residence in Naucalpan de Juárez, ordered the federal government to modify the “National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, for the prevention of COVID-19 in Mexico”, in order to inoculate all minors between 12 and 17 years of age and not only those who suffer from a comorbidity or pre-existing disease.

“The definitive suspension is granted in favor of the community (minors under 18 and up to 12 years of age), for the purpose that the responsible authorities, within 48 hours from when they are legally notified of this determination , within the scope of their powers, update and / or add the “National vaccination policy against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, for the prevention of COVID-19 in Mexico”.

Health responds

The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, as well as the Ministry of Health and the Mexican Government have repeatedly explained that vaccination is only for children between 12 and 17 years old with comorbidities.

While López-Gatell He expressed during the morning of October 12 that he had not been notified of the judge’s ruling on vaccination of all minors.

“We have not received official notification, when we receive it we will carefully analyze the case, of course with the extraordinary support that the Legal Counsel who is now present here always gives us.”

Hugo López-Gatell.

So the authorities of Federal Government Health can challenge the ruling before a collegiate court, which may confirm, modify or revoke the suspension granted.

What vaccine will be used to immunize minors with comorbidities?

Immunization for that age group will be using the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech which, to date, is the only one that has demonstrated safety and immunogenicity in people 12 years of age and older, and has the approval for your application by the Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

  • Thus, minors must be inoculated with the Pfizer / BioNTECH vaccine during the period from July 2021 to March 2022.

Why can all minors be vaccinated?

The court considered that “The mobility of minors who attend classrooms in person implies that most of them have contact with people of various ages (adults) that although they may have the complete vaccination scheme, this is not indicative or synonymous with immunity to the virus, which increases the risk of contagion for infants and adolescents “, which by not being inoculated puts their health at risk to the point of losing their life.

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