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Vaccinations Begin For Educators In Sonora

Vaccinations for educators in Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, are now underway.

More than 70,000 of them will receive the single-dose CanSino vaccine over the next couple of days, according to a release from the Mexican Institute of Social Security.

Two of those doses went to Hermosillo teachers Erick Pasten and his girlfriend.

“We were expecting to spend there four, three hours,” he said. “We were there for just one hour: in, out pretty easy, and that was something new, unexpected.”

The private school where both of them teach has been all online for more than a year, something that he says has been a challenge for him, given that he considers himself technologically impaired.

Now that he’s vaccinated, he’s looking forward to the possibility of returning to safe, in-person instruction. And visiting family he hasn’t seen in months.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.