A Mexican court ruling has asked the Mexican government to vaccinate minors between the ages of 12 and 17. The government says it wants to review this court decision but it is not forced to comply.
Mexican justice has asked the federal government to vaccinate minors aged 12 to 17 against Covid-19, in a judgment that the government says it wants to examine carefully, authorities said on October 12.
A court in the State of Mexico – one of 32 in the country – invoked “the human right to health for the community, in this case, to all adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17”, according to one extract from the court decision cited by the Mexican edition of the daily El Pais.
We will analyze the file with great care
The court in Naucalpan, near the capital Mexico City, ruled on an individual appeal for the vaccination of a minor.
“We will analyze the file with great care,” responded Health Minister Hugo López Gatell. The government is not obliged to comply with this court ruling.
The Ministry of Health announced at the end of September that the Pfizer vaccine would be administered only to minors at risk (those who suffer from comorbid factors that can worsen the Covid).
So far, 23,000 requests for vaccination of minors have been registered by the health authorities. Several minors have been vaccinated across the country following legal proceedings launched by their parents.
Mexico (126 million inhabitants) is the fourth country most affected by the pandemic in the world in absolute number of deaths (282,773, including 546 in the last 24 hours, for 3.7 million cases). A total of 48.8 million people have been fully immunized and 66.9 million have received at least one dose.