Mexico City.- Vaccination coverage with a complete schedule in one-year-old boys and girls continues to decline, according to the Fourth Government Report.
In addition, this presents a discrepancy in the percentage of immunization in 2021 with respect to that reported by the National Survey of Health and Nutrition (Ensanut).
While in 2021, only 27.5 percent of one-year-old children had a complete vaccination schedule, according to Ensanut, the Fourth Report reports 88.4; and by 2022 the percentage fell to 19.7 percent, according to preliminary figures.
The report itself recognizes, specifically in the 2020-2024 Health Sector Program, that this indicator is considered strategic because it is the critical period where the greatest added value in health is obtained from vaccination.
According to the fourth report, in 2021, 88.4 percent of one-year-old children had a complete vaccination schedule, which differs from the 27.5 percent reported by Ensanut.
Reforma published that specialists warned that the drastic drop in childhood vaccination coverage is a scandalous fact and never seen before that implies the risk of outbreaks of diseases that are preventable and others that were considered eradicated.
Jaime Sepúlveda, Distinguished Professor of Global Health at the University of California at San Francisco, attributed the situation to a technical incompetence of the federal authorities to guarantee the biologicals.
“It is a lack of anticipation to acquire the vaccines on the international market, which are not in the same situation as the Covid vaccine in which rich countries monopolized the biological one. Of the hepatitis, pentavalent, pneumococcal, rotavirus, Triple Viral vaccines there has been no shortage in the international market,” he said in an interview.
“It is very worrying because we see a resurgence of polio in African countries, in addition to the endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that it has even now spread to New York,” he warned.
“When I was in charge of the vaccination program, we had coverage greater than 94 percent and we were lucky enough to eradicate polio from the national territory during the administration of Dr. Jesús Kumate (former Secretary of Health),” he recalled.
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