In December of last year, Mexico entered its sixth wave of COVID-19 cases. Unlike the previous outbreaks, the Health Secretary He has remained optimistic and argues that although infections and hospitalizations increase, vaccination against the virus will not increase.
84 percent of the Mexican population has at least one vaccine against COVID-19:
- 91 percent of this older population is already vaccinated with at least one dose.
- 64 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 have at least one vaccine.
- 60 percent of children between 5 and 11 years old were inoculated at least once.
Booster dose offers greater protection against COVID-19 infection
With these percentages, the Ministry of Health has pointed out that Mexico will not suffer a pronounced increase in deaths in this wave of COVID-19. However, the agency did not specify what percentage of the population has two or three doses or how vaccination against COVID-19 influences the reduction of deaths.
The booster dose, as its name suggests, offers greater protection against COVID-19 infection in any of its variants, which reduces the probability of dying from pulmonary complications.
For its part, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point out that it is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because it causes a more specific immune response than that generated by catching the virus.
According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, people who had a third dose of the COVID vaccine had 90 percent protection against complications and death from the virus, while people who had two doses had a protection of 57 percent.
At least 70 percent of the world’s population has a dose of the vaccine
Although at first the recommended vaccination schedule was two doses, the BBC explains that the appearance of the Omicron variant, at the end of 2021, hastened the application of the booster biologist, because the COVID-19 variants evaded protection of two vaccines.
At the end of November last year, Nature magazine explained that 70 percent of the world’s population has at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, some countries in Africa have only between 6 and 24 percent of their population vaccinated.
This situation worries the scientific community, since COVID outbreaks caused by Ómicron subvariants can seriously affect communities where there is not a high percentage of vaccination.