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Sonora continues push to get young children vaccinated before new school year

Sonoran officials say they are continuing to roll out vaccinations for children ages 5 and up in the hopes of getting shots in arms before the new school year begins in August. It’s been a month since Sonora started vaccinating  children ages 5 to 11, using the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.

So far, about 95,000 children — or 37% of kids in that age range — have received one dose. And officials say with the new school year set to start in Sonora at the end of August, they hope to get at least one dose to the remaining children within the next month.

In Mexico, vaccines for children under five are not yet available.

In Sonora, vaccination rates have been relatively high for adolescents — with about 75% of children ages 15 to 17 fully vaccinated. However, fewer than 20% of children 12 to 14 have had a full course of immunization.

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.