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Mexico begins scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11

As many in the U.S. look forward to soon having access to COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, in neighboring Sonora, it’s kids over 5 who will finally get their turn for a jab.

On Thursday, the Mexican government opened up online registration for children ages 5 to 11 across the country to get a coronavirus vaccine

Until now, the shots have not been widely available to that age group. But health officials say they have a contract for about 8 million doses of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.

They acknowledged that those shots will not be enough to fully vaccinate about 15.4 million children in that age group.

So vaccines will begin to roll out state by state, and Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo said that he expects Sonora to be among the first states to receive doses for 5- to 11-year-olds because of high vaccination rates among older age groups.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.